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rest against (someone or something)

1. To lean or recline against someone or something; to be propped lightly against someone or something else. There's a big piece of sheet metal resting against the side of the barn that you can use. We took turns resting against each other while we waited in line.
2. To cause someone or something to lean or recline against someone or something; to prop someone or something lightly up against someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "rest" and "against." We had to rest the injured soldier against the side of a tree while we scouted the surrounding area. You can just rest that mirror against the wall for the time being. Sorry, let me just rest this against you while I get the hooks drilled into the wall.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rest something against something

to lean or position something against something, allowing it to bear part of the weight of the thing being rested. Rest the heavy end of the box against the wall and we'll slide it down the stairs. Please rest the board against something solid while you paint it.
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rest against someone or something

to lean against someone or something; to take a rest period positioned against someone or something. The child rested against his father until it was time to board the train. A fishing pole rested against the side of the garage, ready to go to work.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I was of course thoroughly kind and merciful; never, never yet had I placed on his little shoulders hands of such tenderness as those with which, while I rested against the bed, I held him there well under fire.
Rejoice, blessed Leto, for you bare glorious children, the lord Apollo and Artemis who delights in arrows; her in Ortygia, and him in rocky Delos, as you rested against the great mass of the Cynthian hill hard by a palm-tree by the streams of Inopus.
Shall I sing how at the first Leto bare you to be the joy of men, as she rested against Mount Cynthus in that rocky isle, in sea- girt Delos -- while on either hand a dark wave rolled on landwards driven by shrill winds -- whence arising you rule over all mortal men?
Jim's eyes stuck out as much as those of the Sawhorse, and he stared at the creature with his ears erect and his long head drawn back until it rested against his arched neck.
The far end of it, all buckled up, rested against the back of the Admiralty.
Jimmy Anderson was rested against Nottinghamshire, but is available to face Yorkshire today.
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He added that farmers should keep smaller bundles of cotton sticks exposed before sunlight, rested against a wall, so that pink bollworm come out of bolls early and get killed before the commencement of the next cotton season.
Some fans thought McGinn would be rested against the Swans, but Smith explained that yellow cards in the FA Cup don't count in the EFL.
'Shadab and Fakhar were rested against New Zealand as a precautionary measure as doctors expressed injury concerns,' he added.
We need him to get his form back quickly, because he is a big player for Jurgen Klopp, so maybe he shouldn't be rested against Huddersfield.
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Harry Kane will be rested against the Swiss, who were 6-0 winners over Iceland at the weekend, inspired by Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri (below).
Vincent Kompany was anticipated to be ready for action against England and has been declared "medically fully fit" by the Red Devils coach.Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Meunier are a booking away from a suspension and could therefore be among the players rested against England.
The Three Lions boss has reassured the striker that even if he is rested against Panama he should not worry about his form or place later in the World Cup.