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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

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
References in classic literature ?
If he steps back of it, or even leans back, it is considered that he did it to avoid a blow or contrive an advantage; so he is dismissed from his corps in disgrace.
class="MsoNormalCiku finally lets go and leans back. "Thank you so much, Liz.
He throws his papers to the desk, leans back in his chair and declares: "I have...
SULTRY Victoria Beckham leans back seductively as she harks back to the 1950s.
IF you hate flying because you have to sit in a seat where your knees hit your chin every time the person in front leans back - then fear not.
WITH a cigarette clamped between her lips, Kerry Katona leans back and thinks of cycling during her latest health kick.
The 36-year-old wedges his toes into a crack then leans back to give his arms a shake.
Weller leans back in his chair and, in a rare reflective moment, muses about the ironic juxtaposition of these two tasks.
leans back in a plastic chair and thinks, "Man, this is living."
You can trace horrors on his face thin red rivers hectic across his nose and cheeks his milky eyes are overhung by the arid incline of his brows his mouth is small mean puckered like a fish his shoulders are eroding into his chest he bares his belly when the weather is fine his ribs are echoed by a series of scars when I first saw them drawn by their pallor he thrust his chest out like a fighting cock shark honey or a knife hard to remember he leans back from his pelvis when he walks trailing his body like an afterthought his legs are sturdy thickly veined when he descends the stairs like a homely god I am forced to remember the mop bucket I am bent over like a penitent and I remember my first hatred
The giver grasps the foot of the receiver's bent leg and leans back slightly, to stretch.
He then leans back on the top man and elevates his own hips (photo 5).
Ilka Viejo Henri leans back in her chair, the Pacific Ocean a surreal haze beyond the wide, screened office windows.
Francis-like, by a menagerie of small mammals and birds; another leans back, an unread piece of paper hanging loosely in his hand; and the third looks dreamily into the distance.