lean on
Verb

lean on

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see lean, on
  2. (figurative) To depend upon for support; to require assistance from.
  3. To put pressure on; to attempt to compel a person to do something; to exert influence on.
    He didn't make a donation until some of his customers leaned on him.
  4. To criticize or reprimand for the purpose of changing behavior.



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