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lean forward

1. To bend or incline toward a position in front of something or oneself. I leaned forward to grab my essay from the professor. The tree leaned so far forward in the wind that I would it would break.
2. To bend or tilt someone or something forward. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lean" and "forward." The doctor leaned the man forward to examine the wound on his lower back. I leaned the box forward to try to read the label on the bottom.
See also: forward, lean
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lean something forward

to tilt or bend something forward. Lean the board forward a little bit, please. Someone leaned this panel forward a little too much.
See also: forward, lean

lean forward

to bend forward. Lean forward a minute so I can put a cushion behind your back. When Betsy leaned forward, she lost her balance and fell.
See also: forward, 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 ?
People leaned forward to watch her and to try to catch the words of the song.
When he leaned forward and kissed her, she clasped his head, holding his lips to hers.
At the end of a quarter of an hour, however, surprised at the length of the journey, she leaned forward toward the door to see whither she was being conducted.
The officer leaned forward, looked at her in his turn, and appeared surprised to see that face, just before so beautiful, distorted with passion and almost hideous.
Lady Carey leaned forward, and looked at him from behind the large fan of white feathers which she was lazily fluttering before her face.
The Prince leaned forward from the shadows of the box.
Fentolin leaned forward. His features had lost their delicately benevolent aspect; his words were minatory.
Glinda leaned forward and kissed the sweet, upturned face of the loving little girl.
Captain Granet leaned forward in his place and stretched out his hand to serve his companion.
He did not look at Tom Hard, but leaned forward and stared into the darkness as though seeing a vision.
She leaned forward on her elbows, and looked into those dark overflooding eyes and at the quivering mouth, and saw how the tears came thicker and thicker, and how the mouth became convulsed with sobs.
"Na-a-y," said old Martin, with an elongation of the word, meant to make it bitter as well as negative, while he leaned forward and looked down on the floor.
We leaned forward, the car went forward, we jumped, went in the back and the car went back, we were rocking on the concrete embankment."
"The queen leaned to Prince Phillip and said, 'Do you think I should say something?' And he said, 'Yes, do.' She leaned forward and touch the Sultan's knee and said, 'I'm terribly sorry about that awful noise,' and she sat back.
"Fortunately I just leaned forward to check a message on my phone otherwise it could have been worse.