lean back

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lean back

1. To bend or recline backwards. Here, lean back on the sofa and put this ice pack on your head. She leaned back and whispered something in her friend's ear.
2. To bend or recline someone or something backwards. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lean" and "back." The barber leaned me back to wash my hair in the basin. I leaned the large bookshelf back so Tom could vacuum underneath it.
See also: back, lean
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lean back (on someone or something)

to recline backwards, pressing on someone or something. Don't lean back on me! I'm not a chair! Lean back on the couch and tell me what you are thinking.
See also: back, lean

lean back

[for someone] to recline backwards, usually in a chair. Lean back and make yourself comfortable. Let's lean back and be comfortable.
See also: back, lean
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Mistress Mary walked beside it and Colin leaned back and lifted his face to the sky.
With a pair of felt boots on his thin bony legs, and keeping on a worn, nankeen-covered, sheepskin coat, the traveler sat down on the sofa, leaned back his big head with its broad temples and close-cropped hair, and looked at Bezukhov.
But first, before Kwaque was leaned back, Doctor Emory threw over the chair a sheet that smelled of having been roasted almost to the scorching point.
With the recollection of little things occupying his mind he closed his eyes and leaned back in the car seat.
She leaned back and drew her veil a little closer about her face.
Presently, after moving, he leaned back and gazed with a curious abstraction at his antagonist.
class="MsoNormalAs they neared his house, he told police he leaned back to retrieve his pistol from a seat pouch and accidentally shot his son in the chest.
Back in April 2016, Alexander told police that the unknown man fired two gun shots at him when he got into his car, but the attacker missed the target because the businessman leaned back.
When he finished his sandwich, Veneracion leaned back on his seat, can in hand, and enjoyed the view with a full stomach.
She said: "He leaned back with his hands behind his head and said, 'Here's how it's going to happen.
a slouching position, in which the body is hunched forward as if they were leaning over a desk or a video game console, an upright 90degree sitting position; and a "relaxed" position where they leaned back at 135 degrees while their feet remained on the floor.
THE old man leaned back in his chair, thinking about The story due to unfold, Shepherds in the field of Bethlehem, weary, homesick, And perhaps a little drunk watched and waited this First Christmas night, no idea they would exist in Humanity's mind forever, This holy hour, a special child, a cataclysmic shift in time, The world would hold its breath.
Nearby, a sleeping protester leaned back in a nylon chair, his mouth open and his glasses askew.
"One leaned through the side window and I leaned back and thought 'he's going to throw a brick.'" ."
In the highly exposed picture, the 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star leaned back with her elbows on the floor and legs on display as her boots rested against a paneled door.