bend/lean down, over, forward

  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    A lean is generally less profound than a bend. Also, you can lean while staying straight -- the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans, it does not bend.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    We usually lean over something. You need an object.

    This person is leaning over a chair.

    The man leaned over (me) to talk to the girl sitting next to me.


    lean over (The Free Dictionary)
    This dictionary suggests that "lean over" can be used as an alternaive to "bend over", as when you bend over to touch your toes. This usage seems strange to me (in BE).
     
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