1. To use someone or something as a physical support. Don't put any pressure on your ankle until we get to the nurse—lean on me instead.2. To rest something on someone or something else as a physical support. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lean" and "on." Don't lean anything on that wall while the paint is still wet.3. To rely or depend on someone or something. I know I can always lean on my mom for emotional support.4. To pressure someone to do or relinquish something that one wants. I'll get my thugs to lean on him—then he'll pay up!See also: lean, on
lean on someone or something
1.Lit. to incline or press on someone or something. Don't lean on me. I'm not strong enough to support both of us.Lean on the wall and rest a little while. 2.Fig. to depend on someone or something. You lean on your parents too much. You must be more independent.You can't lean on the government forever.See also: lean, on
lean on someone
Fig. to try to make someone do something; to coerce someone to do something. (From lean on someone or something.) If she refuses to do it, lean on her a bit.Don't lean on me! I don't have to do it if I don't want to.See also: lean, on
1. Rely on, depend on, as in He's leaning on me for help. [Mid-1400s] 2. Exert pressure on one, especially to obtain something or make one do something against his or her will. For example, The gangsters were leaning on local storekeepers to pay them protection money. [Colloquial; mid-1900s] See also: lean, on
v. 1. To rest on or be supported by something: I leaned on the crutch to rest my injured foot. 2. To place something so that it rests on or is supported by some other thing: Don't lean the ladder on the awning—you might damage it. 3. To rely on someone for assistance or support: When I became sick, I leaned on my family for support. 4. Slang To pressure someone to do something: The mobsters leaned on the store owner to sell his business.
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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.
1．depend on；rely or draw upon for support or inspiration 依赖；从…中获得支持或启发 You have to make your own way in the world，and not lean on your father for the rest of your life．今后你得自己闯天下，而不是依赖你的父亲。 It's fortunate that his cousin lives locally—he leant on her a lot in those first few weeks after his wife's death．幸运的是他的表姐就住在当地—他在妻子去世后的最初几个星期里全靠表姐的帮助。 2．pressure sb．by blackmailing，threats，physical violence in order to make him comply with a wish or request 强迫；威胁利诱 I would gladly do what you ask if you only stopped leaning on me so hard．我愿意照你的意思做，只是你不要这样强迫我。 Joe'soft．He'll cooperate．He just needs leaning on a little．乔生性软弱。只要给他点颜色看看，他就会和我们一起干的。
v. phr., slang, informal To pressure (someone) by blackmailing, threats, physical violence, or the withholding of some favor in order to make the person comply with a wish or request. I would gladly do what you ask if you only stopped leaning on me so hard!