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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theylean on
he/she/itleans on
present participleleaning on
past tenseleaned on
past participleleaned on
  1. 1
    lean on someone to depend on someone
    Everybody needs someone to lean on in times of trouble.
  2. 2
    lean on someone informal to put pressure on someone in order to make them do something
    The Prime Minister’s been leaning pretty heavily on her to resign.
  3. 3
    lean on something to press the horn of a car in a determined way
    The taxi driver was waiting out front, leaning on the horn.
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