\ 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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Beware of things that bite and burrow Of course not all hazards care whether the dog is on or off a leash. NBC News, "Hiking with dogs: How to protect them from ticks, injuries and overheating," 11 July 2019 Late Friday night, Lawrence Capri of Milwaukie, who is partially blind, lost track of his service dog while walking her off-leash, sheriff’s officials said. oregonlive.com, "Blind man’s service dog goes missing in Milwaukie, Clackamas Sheriff’s Office seeks tips," 29 June 2019 The AxisGo comes with a wrist leash that will ensure your treasured iPhone doesn’t end up in Davy Jones’ locker. 2. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Cool Underwater Gear for the Smartphone Photographer," 24 June 2019 Eli Manning will start for the Giants in Week 1, but his leash as Pat Shurmur’s starting quarterback is much shorter than anyone believes. Pat Leonard, courant.com, "Eli Manning will start Week 1, if he doesn’t deliver Daniel Jones will be right there," 17 June 2019 Newcomers are welcome, retractable leashes are not. Tatia Woldt, Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Take your pooch to a birthday party this weekend," 21 June 2019 The dog is not microchipped and did not have a collar or leash. oregonlive.com, "Portland stabbing victim loses her Chihuahua in random bus stop attack," 20 June 2019 This is a free event and pets are welcome as long as they are brought on a 6-foot leash or carrier. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From film fests to cultural fairs, here are seven suburban-area festivals to check out this summer," 19 June 2019 Deutsche Bank has been on a tight leash with the Fed because of what the regulator has described privately as a litany of compliance, accounting and technology deficiencies over many years, as previously detailed by The Wall Street Journal. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Executive Turnover Clouds Deutsche Bank’s Wall Street Future," 19 June 2019

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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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