Meaning of “lean on sb” in the English Dictionary

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"lean on sb" in British English

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lean on sb

informal
phrasal verb with lean uk /liːn/ us /liːn/ verb [ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] leaned or UK also leant, leaned or UK also leant

C2 to try to make someone do what you want by threatening or persuading them:

We may have to lean on them a little if we want our money.

(Definition of “lean on sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)