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  • v. To depend upon for support.
  • v. To apply pressure on.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. rest on for support


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • At the Twopenny Hangover, the lodgers sit in a row on a bench; there is a rope in front of them, and they lean on this as though leaning over a fence.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • “Get him out of my sight,” Baldy whispered to Abdul, who moved towards Malik without looking at him, allowing Malik to lean on him as they both made their way out of the room into the main part of the barber shop and then out to the street.

    The Empty Family

  • As Kevin snaps pictures, completely legitimate, of the Tsar and the Admiralty’s golden spire, I lean on the parapet and look into the churning, zinc-colored water.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • When she had to lean on the wall for a moment, the sympathetic and knowing looks of the women met her, intensely scrutinizing her waist.


  • So they lean on their Beamers and Benzes and trade war stories.

    Beach Road

  • Your face is black and stinging from the explosions of the powder in the pan just inches from your right cheek, your eyes smarting from the smoke and the powder grains, and the cloud drifts away leaving the dead and wounded in front and you lean on the musket and pray that the next time the gun would not hang-fire, snap a flint, or simply refuse to fire at all.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • He had broken his connexion with the Church of Rome, but his vows of celibacy had been vowed to God and nothing could loose him from them, therefore there was no vague unsatisifed yearning in Zoe's bosom to become more to him than she already was; but she did feel oppressed and disappointed at the total silence he maintained; it was as if the grave had closed over him; - she felt that he might write - that he might counsel - that he might be her supporter through life; - he had touched all her womanly feelings, and it is in the nature of a woman to lean on him she loves.

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

  • Maslamah, ‘O Commander of the Faithful, an we set a pillow behind thee, wilt thou lean on it a little while?’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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