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- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see lean, on.
- (figuratively) To depend upon for support; to require assistance from.
- To put pressure on; to attempt to compel a person to do something; to exert influence on.
- He didn't make a donation until some of his customers leaned on him.
- To criticize or reprimand for the purpose of changing behavior.
to depend upon someone's shoulder for support