Definition for leaning (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), leaned or (especially British) leant; lean·ing.
verb (used with object), leaned or (especially British) leant; lean·ing.
- to shift one's body weight forward or toward someone or something: He stood near home plate and leaned in for the pitch.
- to embrace risk, be assertive, etc., as to achieve the greatest level of success in the workplace: She really knows how to lean in—she'll have a corner office before long.
- to exert influence or pressure on in order to gain cooperation, maintain discipline, or the like: The state is leaning on the company to clean up its industrial wastes.
- to criticize, reprimand, or punish: I would have enjoyed school more if the teachers hadn't leaned on me so much.
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Examples from the Web for leaning
Fortunately, another group is leaning in: Turkish women business leaders.
Biden remembered the boy was in a physically vulnerable position: “leaning down on one of those slanted counters.”
Outside observers like Cook Political Report view the district as “leaning Democrat.”
Viewed in profile, they are upside-down mid-section silhouettes of Pippa Middleton leaning over to check your oil.
There has been a lot of talk about leaning forward and backward.
A man was leaning against the wall, yawning, at an evening party.Nell, of Shorne Mills|Charles Garvice
"If it is not bad, it is foolish," said Darius, resting his chin upon his hand and leaning forward.Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster|F. Marion Crawford
He then went up to Rockley, snuff-box in hand, and addressed him as he was leaning against the chimney-piece.The Master of the Ceremonies|George Manville Fenn
The little one staggers under it, leaning far forward to lessen the direct traction over her forehead.The Child in the Midst|Mary Schauffler Labaree
"Perfectly suah," she answered with a laugh, then leaning back in the chimney corner again, opened the third letter.The Little Colonel's Knight Comes Riding|Annie Fellows Johnston