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English definition of “lean on sb”

lean on sb

informal
verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk phrasal verb with lean   /liːn/ (leaned or UK also leant, leaned or UK also leant) us  
C2 to try to make someone do what you want by threatening or persuading them: We may have to lean on them a bit if we want our money.Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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