When I used to take my kids around to see their grandparents, they'd rush outside to play with the dog in the dirt. My mother used to just smile and say, "Dirt is an essential nutrient for toddlers."
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No, they mean 'lean-to' code. As in the software equivalent of getting a builder to build you a house and after 12 months finding you've got a lean-to that will hold a few boxes.
I'm sure we've all had to work on systems like that.