lean on



lean on (third-person singular simple present leans on, present participle leaning on, simple past and past participle leaned on)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see lean,‎ on.
  2. (figuratively) To depend upon for support; to require assistance from.
  3. To put pressure on; to attempt to compel a person to do something; to exert influence on.
    He didn't make a donation until some of his customers leaned on him.
  4. To criticize or reprimand for the purpose of changing behavior.