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- v. move the upper body backwards and down
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I had not one but two professors at college who would lean back in their chairs, listening and fitting their hands together fingertip to fingertip, professorially.
Sisko tried to lean back in his acceleration seat, but of course there was no gravity field to aid his maneuver—only the two chestcrossing straps that kept him from floating out of the seat.
Amelia's mamma could at last lean back in her chair and have a quiet chat with her husband, which was not broken in upon every two minutes, and Amelia herself was asleep; but Nurse must sit up for hours wearing out her eyes by the light of a tallow candle, in fine-darning great, jagged, and most unnecessary holes in Amelia's muslin dresses.
Not much has changed since 1976—the cinder-block walls are still cold against my shoulder blades when I lean back against them; the mug shot area is tucked into a small alcove beside the pre-intake booth; the smell of industrial cleaner seeps through the air every time a detention officer opens the door to lead another man inside.
Doll leaned over and whispered something to Gaylon that caused both men to lean back in their chairs and bellow with laughter, slapping their thighs.
I see Emma Wasserstein lean back as Elise taps her on the shoulder.
He worked the combination lock and opened it, letting the lid swing smoothly up to lean back against the edge of the desk, then opened the carved wooden jewelry box sitting inside among the papers and cyls.