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