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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

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
References in classic literature ?
"You people haven't hurried," Lady Tresham remarked, leaning forward.
Having looked at Natasha he approached his sister, laid his well gloved hand on the edge of her box, nodded to her, and leaning forward asked a question, with a motion toward Natasha.
"Gibberish!" he cried, leaning forward, with his fingers on the table and his face projecting.
"Jimmy, what do you mean?" Miss Polly was leaning forward eagerly.
Brewer, who had observed them at the same moment, was leaning forward in an attitude of rapt attention, horribly pale.
"Say, Pete," said Maggie, leaning forward, "dis is great."
I was proceeding to tell the order in which the four evil forms appeared to me to succeed one another, when Pole marchus, who was sitting a little way off, just beyond Adeimantus, began to whisper to him: stretching forth his hand, he took hold of the upper part of his coat by the shoulder, and drew him towards him, leaning forward himself so as to be quite close and saying something in his ear, of which I only caught the words, `Shall we let him off, or what shall we do?'
She changed her position, leaning forward to bend her head above her work, so that he saw only the foreshortened tip of her nose and the streak of red in her hair; then she slipped to her feet, saying "I can't see to sew," and went back to her chair by the lamp.
Leaning forward, he touched the farther end of the strip of brown stuff that she was hemming.
Fentolin was still leaning forward in his strange little vehicle.
You won't be able to see it overnight, but it can be seen in time while it is repeated." "The child should carry the bag with both arms and stand straight, not leaning forward. Of course, if the bag is heavy then it might be difficult for him to carry it straight and he might lean forward without realizing it," Al Shukaili added.
He stated, We are leaning forward. We are encouraging the Commonwealth to lean forward to make sure we are completely prepared for anything that may happen for Puerto Rico or the U.S.
He was surprised to see it leaning forward with two housebricks holding it up at the back.
"Actually leaning forward and laughing as she appears to join in the fun with the children in front of her.
For example, many people chest- breathe because they sit badly, hunched over with their heads leaning forward. This restricts breathing from the abdominal area, which is the natural way of breathing.