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rest upon (something)

1. To be placed on or supported by something else, especially in a temporary or unusual manner. The television rested precariously upon a wobbly old stool. Sorry, my computer was resting upon some of your papers.
2. To lay or lean something on top of something else, especially gently and temporarily. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "rest" and "upon." You can rest the box upon this stack of magazine while I clear some space on the workbench. Here, rest your leg upon this pillow to help the swelling go down.
3. To recline or lie on something as a means of recuperating. Let me know if you need any help, I'm just going to rest upon the sofa for a little while.
4. To rely, depend, or be contingent on someone or something. A peaceful resolution to this conflict rests upon the two countries' leaders engaging in meaningful, productive talks. You can't just rest upon the success of your first novel to remain relevant with readers, you have to always be striving for bigger and better things.
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"Then, let the other point of your dividers rest upon that extremity of Lake Oukereoue."
He turned to a hunting-gate in the hedge, and without letting his eyes again rest upon her leapt over, and struck out across the down in the direction of Abbot's-Cernel.
Professor Malik Arshad Hussain said that the highlighting of the best identity of Pakistan in the world and protection of the ideological frontiers of Pakistan rest upon the poets, writers and scholars.
'As we celebrate this great festival of the religion of peace, may the peace and comfort of Allah SWT rest upon us, our family, community, state and nation.
Summary: Nadim Sawalha's celebrated play Khalil Gibran 'Rest upon the Wind', was staged recently at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Rest Upon the Wind, a London West End play, inspired by Khalil Gibran's life and written and directed by Nadim Sawalha, is the story of the struggle of the poet-artist to deliver the message of love and peace to his fellow human beings.
The life and times of Khalil Gibran, the highly acclaimed poet, writer, painter and philosopher of Middle Eastern origin will be recreated in the London West End English play Rest Upon The Wind to be stage in Muscat in May.
It likes to irritate me when I'm watching the TV it'll flit around the screen and then rest upon my knee.
Valdez is taking a much-needed rest upon the advice of her head coach Tai Bundit following what has been a rigorous year of volleyball but the Lady Eagles made do without her with Jho Maraguinot leading a collective effort.
Sawalha's Gibran-inspired play, Rest Upon the Wind, returns to the UAE -- it had its first run in 2012 -- on April 14-15 at Al Jaheli Theatre in Abu Dhabi and on April 16-18 at Ductac in Dubai.
The only meaningful and long-lasting hopes for oil bulls to charge their way back up a very steep mountain rest upon a dovish Federal Reserve spooking investors by announcing a postponement of US interest rate increases for next year.
He noted the public had no option other than but to resort protest demonstration on road and the responsibilities of the consequences would be rest upon the concerned quarters if faulty transformer was not repaired till Monday night, he concluded.
I hope the case will call the attention of employers to the obligations which rest upon them.