One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I think we can rely on his discretion’
depend, count, bank, place reliance, bargain, plan, reckon
anticipate, expect, pin one's hopes on, hope for, take for granted, take on trust, trust
be confident of, have confidence in, have every confidence in, be sure of, believe in, have faith in, pin one's faith on, trust in, cling to, swear by
North American informal figure on
2‘law centres have had to rely on government funding to keep going’
be dependent, depend, lean, hinge, turn, hang, rest, pivot, be contingent
be unable to manage without, have recourse to, resort to, fall back on
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