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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Lean (Adjective)
 
  Lean as a dog in Lent.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Lean as Sancho’s ass.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Leene was his hors as is a rake.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  3
  Lean as a lath.
            —Thomas Heywood
  4
  Lean as a backgammon board.
            —Walter Savage Landor
  5
  Lean as a lantern.
            —William Langland
  6
  Lean like bull-beef.
            —Richard Mather
  7
  Lean as a skeleton.
            —Thomas Shadwell
  8
  Leaner than fleshless misery.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  9
  As lean as a lizard.
            —James Smith
  10
  Lean as death.
            —Alfred Tennyson
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