Lean and mean meaning

What does the saying 'Lean and mean' mean?

Idiom: Lean and mean


An organisation that is lean and mean has no excess or unnecessary elements and is very competitive.

Country: International English | Subject Area: General | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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