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1‘Polly leaned against the door’
rest, be propped up, recline, be supported
2‘a line of palm trees leaning in the wind’
slant, incline, bend, tilt, be at an angle, slope, tip, bank, list, heel, careen, cant, bias, veer, sway, angle
3‘he leans towards existentialist philosophy’
tend, incline, gravitate, have a tendency
have a propensity for, have a proclivity for, have a preference for, have a penchant for, be partial to, be attracted to, have a liking for, have an affinity with, be prone to
4‘Jack had always been there, a strong shoulder to lean on’
depend, be dependent, rely, count, bank, pin one's faith
have faith in, trust, have every confidence in, swear by, cling to
not manage without
5‘I got leaned on by villains many times’
intimidate, coerce, domineer, browbeat, bully, tyrannize, pressurize, threaten, compel, pressure, put pressure on, force, drive, impel, constrain
twist someone's arm, put the frighteners on, put the screws on, strong-arm, push around, squeeze, bulldoze
1‘a tall, lean, aristocratic man’
slim, thin, slender, rangy, spare, wiry, slight
lissom, svelte, willowy, sylphlike
skinny, scrawny, scraggy, lanky, lank, bony, gaunt, emaciated, skin and bones, raw-boned, rangy, gangling, spindly, skeletal, size-zero, angular, pinched
3‘a lean harvest’
meagre, scanty, sparse, poor, scant, mean, inadequate, insufficient, paltry, limited, restricted, modest, deficient, insubstantial, slight
4‘too often in lean times the poorest are asked to make the largest sacrifices’
unproductive, unfruitful, unprofitable, unremunerative, arid, barren
hard, bad, difficult, tough, impoverished, poverty-stricken, moneyless
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