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  • adv. In a lean way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Meagerly; without fat or plumpness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a lean manner or condition; meagerly; without fat or plumpness.
  • Barrenly; unprofitably: as, to discourse leanly.


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lean +‎ -ly


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  • Given all of the work that has been piled on employees at leanly staffed companies during the weak economy, it's understandable that some workers want to scale back.

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  • She lowered her gaze to the width of his leanly muscled shoulders, conscious of the way his chest expanded under his shirt.

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  • She became conscious of the heat of his body running the length of hers, the closeness of his leanly handsome features, and the caressing warmth of his breath.

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  • She drew off her cloak, dropping it to the workshop floor and revealing a suit of black leather over a leanly muscular frame.

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  • The company is leanly staffed and gets millions of posts a day.

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  • So let's imagine what our global economic competitiveness would be if after our diet we were able to leanly offer production at a fraction of the costs we bear right now.

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  • Even in circumstances such as these, the then five-, six-, seven-, and nine-year-old Dara watched fealty being sworn to his handsome father, leanly muscled and dark hued from days spent in the saddle, and he learned what it was to have royal blood imbuing his veins.

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  • She was small and round—softly feminine with an ample chest, hips, and ass—whereas I was tall, long limbed and leanly muscled.

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  • A muscle ticked below his eye, but he unfolded from the chair, tall and leanly muscled.

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