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lean (LEEN) (adjective)
1. Pertaining to something which is lacking in essential ingredients or quality: The corn crop was lean this year because of the lack of rain.
2. Descriptive of a person or something that has little or no fat: Trisha will buy a lean roast of beef for dinner.
lean (LEEN) (verb)
1. To bend or deviate from a vertical position: Brenda was so tired that she had to lean against a tree and rest for a few minutes.
2. To be inclined towards an opinion or desire: Mike's tendency is to lean towards chocolate pie for dessert.
lien (LEEN, LEE uhn) (noun)
The right to take and hold or sell the property of a debtor as security or payment for a debt or duty: The bank had a lien on the house of the former businessman who was in debt.

In these lean financial times it is not unusual for a bank to hold a lien on a person's property.

(Greek: bed; slope, slant; to lean, leaning; an ecological term; in the sense of a slope or gradient)