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lean on sb

informal
phrasal verb with lean uk   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.
Translations of “lean on sb”
in Chinese (Traditional) 向(某人)施加壓力,威脅(某人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 向(某人)施加压力,威胁(某人)…
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