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leash

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noun \ˈlēsh\

Simple Definition of leash

  • : a long, thin piece of rope, chain, etc., that is used for holding a dog or other animal

Full Definition of leash

  1. 1 a :  a line for leading or restraining an animal b :  something that restrains :  the state of being restrained <keeping spending on a tight leash>

  2. 2 a :  a set of three animals (as greyhounds, foxes, bucks, or hares) b :  a set of three

leash transitive verb

Examples of leash

  1. put a dog on a leash

  2. Dogs must be kept on a leash while in the park.

  3. The dog saw a cat and was straining at its leash trying to get at it.



Origin of leash

Middle English lees, leshe, from Anglo-French *lesche, lesse, probably from lesser to leave, let go


First Known Use: 14th century

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