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 ?
Duson was leaning back in his most comfortable easy-chair.
Fentolin, in his queerly-cut evening clothes, sat with folded arms, leaning back in his carriage.
Hamel watched her, leaning back in his carved oak chair, and he found it hard to keep the pity from his eyes.
For the first mile or two we kept silence, I looking out of my window, and she leaning back in her corner.
Inside the room Colin was leaning back on his cushions.
Letterblair, leaning back in his chair and pushing the port westward, said, spreading his back agreeably to the coal fire behind him: "The whole family are against a divorce.
He was leaning back in his steamer chair, with his eyes fixed upon the sky line.
'Right again, quite right,' said Mr Swiveller, 'caution is the word, and caution is the act.' with that, he winked as if in preservation of some deep secret, and folding his arms and leaning back in his chair, looked up at the ceiling with profound gravity.
Leaning back he regarded with eyes of superiority the scene before them.
Hamilton Fynes was seated at a table covered with papers, but he was leaning back as though he had been or was still asleep.
Hamilton Fynes, this mysterious person who had succeeded, indeed, in making a record journey, was leaning back in the corner of his seat, his arms folded, his head drooping a little, but his eyes still fixed in that unseeing stare.
And Kwaque, leaning back in the queerest chair in which he had ever sat, was unaware that the end of his finger had been burned and roasted half an inch deep, and merely wondered when the medicine doctor would cease talking and begin looking at the swelling that hurt his side under his arm.
Our appetites being sharpened by the frosty voyage, and in particular, Queequeg seeing his favorite fishing food before him, and the chowder being surpassingly excellent, we despatched it with great expedition: when leaning back a moment and bethinking me of Mrs.
Chanyce Chambers, 24, was out with her friends when she thought it would be a good idea to challenge herself by leaning back underneath a car park barrier.
The commander was routinely looking around the cockpit when he noticed that his co-pilot was shaking, his arms were tensed and he was leaning back in his seat looking towards the ceiling.