I leaned across the aisle toward my wife and whispered, “I think they are coming for me.”
There was a stretcher near their position— someone had brought it out earlier and leaned it up near the truck.
A woman sitting next to me leaned over and asked if he was speaking about someone real.
Late in the afternoon, the day being warm, I raised the window again and leaned out to get a sniff of air.
They were made of wood with chrome on the back, the kind that gave a little when you leaned back.
But as she turned with praise on her lips, Evelyn leaned eagerly towards her.
Then he leaned over and played it with the air of a man who lays all in the lap of the gods.
I suggested, and leaned across to lay the pomander in his gnarled hand.
He gave the reins to the driver, leaned back in the seat, and folded his arms.
But I demurred about any change, and leaned back, and eat a sweet apple.
c.1200, from Old English hleonian "to bend, recline, lie down, rest," from Proto-Germanic *khlinen (cf. Old Saxon hlinon, Old Frisian lena, Middle Dutch lenen, Dutch leunen, Old High German hlinen, German lehnen "to lean"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean, to incline" (cf. Sanskrit srayati "leans," sritah "leaning;" Old Persian cay "to lean;" Lithuanian slyti "to slope," slieti "to lean;" Latin clinare "to lean, bend," clivus "declivity," inclinare "cause to bend," declinare "bend down, turn aside;" Greek klinein "to cause to slope, slant, incline;" Old Irish cloin "crooked, wrong;" Middle Irish cle, Welsh cledd "left," literally "slanting;" Welsh go-gledd "north," literally "left" -- for similar sense evolution, see Yemen, Benjamin, southpaw).
Meaning "to incline the body against something for support" is mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to trust for support" is from early 13c. Sense of "to lean toward mentally, to favor" is from late 14c. Related: Leaned; leaning. Colloquial lean on "put pressure on" (someone) is first recorded 1960.
"thin, spare, with little flesh or fat," c.1200, from Old English hlæne "lean, thin," possibly from hlænan "cause to lean or bend," from Proto-Germanic *khlainijan, which would connect it to Old English hleonian (see lean (v.)). But perhaps rather, according to OED, from a PIE *qloinio- (cf. Lithuanian klynas "scrap, fragment," Lettish kleins "feeble"). Extended and figurative senses from early 14c. The noun meaning "lean animals or persons" is from c.1200, from the adjective.
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).