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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylean on
he/she/itleans on
present participleleaning on
past tenseleaned on or leant on
past participleleaned on or leant on
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  1. 1
    lean on someone to depend on someone
    Everybody needs someone to lean on in times of trouble.
  2. 2
    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.
  3. 3
    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.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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