lean against

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lean against

1. To rest or recline against someone or something; to be propped against someone or something else. There's a big piece of sheet metal leaning against the side of the barn that you can use. We took turns leaning against each other while we waited in line.
2. To cause someone or something to rest or recline against someone or something; to prop someone or something up against someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lean" and "against." We had to lean the injured soldier against the side of a tree while we scouted the surrounding area. You can just lean that mirror against the wall for the time being. Sorry, let me just lean this against you while I get the hooks drilled into the wall.
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lean something against someone or something

to prop something against someone or something. She leaned her spade against the house and wiped the sweat from her brow. Bill leaned the mirror against his leg while he screwed the hook into the wall.
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lean against someone or something

to prop oneself against someone or something. The child leaned against her sister to keep warm. I leaned against the back of the chair and went right to sleep.
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