Virtually every designer whose work made one lean in to get a better view manipulated fabric.
Boland is an immature kid with a lean, unsmiling face, ice-blue eyes, and wavy blond hair.
He is lean, well muscled, the complexion of a hazel nut, with black, sympathetic eyes.
The trustee then hired lawyers to lean on the bank to not release the money.
lean manufacturing today means spending a lot of money buying parts, materials, and services from other companies.
Trembling so violently that he had to lean on the balustrade for support, he told me.
And now it comes back to me about the other one, the lean Andrew, his brother.
He took his best coat from his lean valise, and wore it steadily.
And he chuckled and rubbed his lean hands together as I had so often seen him do.
St. John is the lean prophet of the desert, the ascetic, and the eater of locusts and wild honey.
c.1200, from Old English hleonian "to bend, recline, lie down, rest," from Proto-Germanic *khlinen (cf. Old Saxon hlinon, Old Frisian lena, Middle Dutch lenen, Dutch leunen, Old High German hlinen, German lehnen "to lean"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean, to incline" (cf. Sanskrit srayati "leans," sritah "leaning;" Old Persian cay "to lean;" Lithuanian slyti "to slope," slieti "to lean;" Latin clinare "to lean, bend," clivus "declivity," inclinare "cause to bend," declinare "bend down, turn aside;" Greek klinein "to cause to slope, slant, incline;" Old Irish cloin "crooked, wrong;" Middle Irish cle, Welsh cledd "left," literally "slanting;" Welsh go-gledd "north," literally "left" -- for similar sense evolution, see Yemen, Benjamin, southpaw).
Meaning "to incline the body against something for support" is mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to trust for support" is from early 13c. Sense of "to lean toward mentally, to favor" is from late 14c. Related: Leaned; leaning. Colloquial lean on "put pressure on" (someone) is first recorded 1960.
"thin, spare, with little flesh or fat," c.1200, from Old English hlæne "lean, thin," possibly from hlænan "cause to lean or bend," from Proto-Germanic *khlainijan, which would connect it to Old English hleonian (see lean (v.)). But perhaps rather, according to OED, from a PIE *qloinio- (cf. Lithuanian klynas "scrap, fragment," Lettish kleins "feeble"). Extended and figurative senses from early 14c. The noun meaning "lean animals or persons" is from c.1200, from the adjective.
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).