\ ˈlēsh How to pronounce leash (audio) \

Definition of leash

1a : a line for leading or restraining an animal
b : something that restrains : the state of being restrained keeping spending on a tight leash
2a : a set of three animals (such as greyhounds, foxes, bucks, or hares)
b : a set of three

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Other Words from leash

leash transitive verb

Examples of leash in a Sentence

put a dog on a leash Dogs must be kept on a leash while in the park. The dog saw a cat and was straining at its leash trying to get at it.
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Several surfers sprung into action, bringing the man, who is 23, to the shore and making a tourniquet from their surf leashes, reported KHON2. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Shark attacks 23-year-old surfer at Hawaii beach," 9 Sep. 2018 Authorities frequently find lions and tigers kept as pets in some parts of northern Mexico; some cases have been reported after their owners took them for walks on leashes. Mark Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Lion attacks owner in Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez," 9 Oct. 2018 The health and parks departments advised pet owners to keep their dogs on leashes. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "The Latest Scourge of Central Park: ‘Zombie’ Raccoons," 12 Aug. 2018 To ensure your protection, dogs will also bark at guests, growl at other dogs when outside and pull on the leash while out for a walk. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "9 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You, According to Experts," 25 Feb. 2019 While dogs, in general, are allowed on a leash at the metropark, officials didn't consider just anyone with dogs doing this on their own. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Goose poop at Lake St. Clair Metropark beach? Not if this dog can help it," 12 June 2018 Corso, more famous for his long stint an ESPN GameDay analyst, put the turkey on a leash to lead his team on to the field prior to kickoff. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "LSU's Ed Orgeron might be a bit crazy, but it's whatever gets the job done," 16 May 2018 Instead of letting him run loose, Chard would walk with Remy on a leash around her neighborhood near Ogden Avenue and Rickert Drive. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Cat that ran away while out for a walk on a leash returns to Naperville owner a year later," 2 May 2018 Dogs must be on a lead or leash when off personal property. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "How to tell your neighbor off-leash dog scares you," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of leash

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for leash

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

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English Language Learners Definition of leash

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


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Kids Definition of leash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line for holding or controlling an animal


leashed; leashing

Kids Definition of leash (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put on a line for holding or controlling All dogs must be leashed.

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