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lean1 British & World English

Be in or move into a sloping position

lean2 British & World English

(Of a person or animal) thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat

lean1 English Thesaurus

Polly leaned against the door

lean2 English Thesaurus

a tall, lean, aristocratic man

bend over backwards British & World English

Make every effort to achieve something, especially to be fair or helpful

Lean, Sir David British & World English

(1908–91), English film director. He made many notable films, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and A Passage to India (1984)

lean on British & World English

Rely on or derive support from

lean-to British & World English

A building sharing one wall with a larger building, and having a roof that leans against that wall

lean-burn British & World English

Relating to an internal-combustion engine designed to run on a lean mixture to reduce pollution

lean against/on in lean1 British & World English

Incline from the perpendicular and rest for support against (something)

lean to/towards British & World English

Incline or be partial to (a view or position)

lean something against/on in lean1 British & World English

Cause something to rest against

lean on in lean1 British & World English

Rely on or derive support from

lean to/towards in lean1 British & World English

Incline or be partial to (a view or position)

lean-tos in lean-to British & World English

A building sharing one wall with a larger building, and having a roof that leans against that wall

bend over backwards in backwards British & World English

Make every effort to achieve something, especially to be fair or helpful


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