leash

noun

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
a
: a set of three animals (such as greyhounds, foxes, bucks, or hares)
b
: a set of three
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and are only allowed on certain trails. Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 In one shot, Zellweger is looking up at her boyfriend, 44, while holding onto her dog’s leash. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Occasionally, viewers might strain against the leash of this respectfully distanced gaze, wishing to know a little more about people who, admittedly, aren’t overly keen to let the wider world into their smaller one. Guy Lodge, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 The outdoor area is paved, and dogs can roam freely off leash and play with other pups while their owners hang out at the bar. Alicia Valenski, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Note that dogs are not allowed on trails in the park and must be kept on a leash in campgrounds and on park roads. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 Finally Kibler and Smetana come back with Brownie on a leash. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 1 Feb. 2024 Pet owners should also keep their dogs on a leash when walking outside, since roaming pets make for easy prey and can attract mountain lions. Brooke Baitinger, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Pets in the park are only allowed on certain trails, and must be on a six-foot leash. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of leash was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Leash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leash. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

leash

noun
1
: a line for leading or controlling an animal
2
: something that restrains : the state of being restrained
kept spending on a tight leash
leash verb

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