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incline (one's) ear

To listen intently, attentively, and receptively (to what someone is saying). the phrase is used in several places in the Bible, usually in reference to listening to God. You need to learn to incline your ear to the words of wisdom your elders have to offer. The representative pleaded with world leaders to incline their ears to her country's distress.
See also: ear, incline

incline away (from someone or something)

to lean or slope away from someone or something. I inclined away from her to avoid her alcohol breath. The land inclined away from the house.
See also: away, incline

incline forward

to lean forward; to slant forward. The earthquake-ravaged building inclined forward a little bit more and looked as if it was going to fall. My chair inclined forward and I kept feeling as if I were going to fall off.
See also: forward, incline

incline something forward

to lean something forward; to make something slant forward. Incline the light forward a little bit, so you can see better. The fence had been inclined slightly forward to make it harder to climb.
See also: forward, incline

incline toward someone or something

1. to lean or slant toward someone or something. The piece of scenery inclined toward Roger very slowly and he jumped out of the way just in time. The tree inclined toward the direction of the wind.
2. to favor or "lean" toward choosing someone or something. I don't know which to choose. I incline toward Terri but I also favor Amy. I am inclining toward chocolate.
See also: incline, toward

incline your ear

listen favourably. literary
Incline thine ear is an expression used throughout the Bible, for example in Psalms 17:6: ‘I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech’.
See also: ear, incline
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For example: A set of incline presses for 10 reps, followed immediately by a set of bent-over-rows for 10 reps (both sides).
By using different inclines and stepping speeds, you can vary the amount of flexion at the ankles and knees, which can further reduce the amount of repetitive overuse on your lower body.
The makers of Danskin Fitness Equipment for Women have released a new incline bench.
By pulling on the tab located to the right of the seat, one can incline the back even more.
By following the new path, you climb the stony incline of Chotkova Street to the lower deer moat; and walking gently uphill, you trace the bed of the Brusnice stream which runs against you down the valley.
Light installed the unit below the shaker and used it to feed into a magnetic incline conveyor.
The engine house at the top of the incline is now a ruin but remains of both the engine mountings and the settings for the two haystack boilers survive.