lean across

lean across (someone or something)

To stretch oneself across (someone or something), often while leaning on one's hand, elbow, etc. The student had to lean across several classmates to hand his assignment to the teacher. Will you please pass these papers down the aisle so I don't have to lean across? She leaned across the table to wipe the food from the child's face.
See also: across, lean
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lean across someone or something

to incline oneself across someone or something. She leaned across me to reach the telephone and spilled my wine. Laura leaned across the table and knocked my coffee over.
See also: across, lean
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I lean across and kiss it softly away, Before I take my own warm sip.
This was no easy task and took over an hour to get set up as it entailed wheeling out a large square scaffolding that comprised of smaller fitted squares and was operated manually with ropes and pulleys and then it was a long climb to the top, lean across to change the bulb.
The 44-year-old musician had to lean across the wife of the president of the United States Tennis Association who was sitting between them, to kiss the 45-year-old actress, the Sun reported.
Never lean across when working on a ladder - always move it so you can reach without stretching.
Additionally, the application of lean across more than one department is necessary if a company wants to sustain the results.
Though many companies have successfully used lean manufacturing practices on the plant floor, few have been able to apply lean across the supply chain where forecasts are so critical to successful planning.
At the summit in Istanbul, Mr Bush was seen to lean across and whisper to Mr Blair to give him the news after receiving confirmation from US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the transfer had gone through.
More suggestively, lean across so that you are at the line.
As I lean across and place the blade over your hand, said-hand will probably be smartly withdrawn as you yet again ponder: "What, are you nuts or something?" See, I told you we hold steel in high regard.
Before, workers had to lean across the vertical walls and down into the large corrugated cartons to place and remove the alternators.
Lean across, it says, look your host in the eye and ask nicely, and your tipple will duly come your way.
``He holds the steering wheel with his knee and has to lean across himself with his right hand when the time comes to change gear.
Moffatt, riding Candy Twist for trainer Ron Thompson, appeared to lean across and tried to hit Dean Mernagh, riding the appropriately named On The Mat, with his whip.
One eye-witness said: "I saw one of the men lean across the railing to try and reach the girl but he couldn't get to her.
When working on the ladder, never lean across to reach - always move the ladder so you can reach without stretching.