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Origin of leaning
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.
Origin of lean1
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
verb leans, leaning, leaned or leant
Word Origin for lean
Word Origin for lean
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).
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.