lean on
phrasal to apply pressure to

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lean on — informal put pressure on (someone) to act in a certain way. → lean lean on rely on or derive support from. → lean …   English new terms dictionary

  • lean on — (someone/something) 1. to depend on someone or something. The children leaned on each other for help and comfort. Verplank leaned on his experience as a waiter to figure out how to behave when he met the prince. 2. to put pressure on someone or… …   New idioms dictionary

  • lean on — index rely, trust Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lean on — verb rest on for support (Freq. 6) you can lean on me if you get tired • Syn: ↑rest on, ↑lean against • Hypernyms: ↑touch, ↑adjoin, ↑meet, ↑contact …   Useful english dictionary

  • lean on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms lean on : present tense I/you/we/they lean on he/she/it leans on present participle leaning on past tense leaned on or leant on past participle leaned on or leant on 1) lean on someone to depend on someone… …   English dictionary

  • lean on — or lean upon 1) PHRASAL VERB If you lean on someone or lean upon them, you depend on them for support and encouragement. [V P n] She leaned on him to help her to solve her problems. 2) PHRASAL VERB If you lean on someone, you try to influence… …   English dictionary

  • lean on — phr verb Lean on is used with these nouns as the object: ↑elbow, ↑rail …   Collocations dictionary

  • lean on — v To apply pressure, threaten. Fritzy wouldn t pay Tommy Gunn the $100 he owed him, so Tommy brought a couple of his friends to lean on Fritzy a little. 1950s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • lean on — pressure someone by blackmailing or threats of physical violence to make the person comply with a request The gang decided to lean on the small shop owner to get him to sell his property …   Idioms and examples

  • lean on — (Roget s IV) , v. 1. [To be supported by] Syn. rest on, be upheld by, bear on, put one s weight on, hang on, hang upon, fasten on; see also lean 1 . 2. [To rely upon] Syn. believe in, count on, put faith in; see depend on , trust 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • lean on — rest on, lean up against; depend on, trust, count on someone or something for support or assistance …   English contemporary dictionary

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