One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object To lean, recline, rest. In early use chiefly figurative: †to rely, depend on or upon God or Christ; compare "recumbency" (obsolete).
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Isaac Barrow (1630–1677), mathematician and theologian. From classical Latin recumbere to lie down, recline from re- + -cumbere to lay oneself. Compare Middle French recomber (intransitive) to extend, (reflexive) to rely or depend (on someone).
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