leash

noun
\ 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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Farmhouse-loving Fixer Upper fans will howl for Joanna's black-and-white collar, toy rope, leash, and pet bed, too. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Just Dropped the Cutest Christmas Collection for Pets at Target," 4 Dec. 2018 For the dog who's ready for the catwalk: What's better than a chic patent leather collar and leash set? Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "The 11 Best Gifts for the Devoted Dog Owner (and the Object of Their Affection)," 12 Nov. 2018 The line also includes beds, leashes, toys, and other pet products unaffected by the recall. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "IKEA Recalls 16,700 Pet Water Dispensers After 2 Dogs Die," 13 July 2018 Mantecore was usually kept in a cage with his sister and brother and was never let out without a leash. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Lions, Tigers and Wypipo, Oh My!," 20 Apr. 2018 Prokopowich also called Animal Control when the Daileys' dog, a Lhasa Apso named Maddy, accompanied Dan Dailey to the mailbox without a leash, Dailey said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "A fight between Anchorage neighbors over chicken noise leads city officials to re-examine laws," 28 Jan. 2018 And of course, Heughan's shirt is perfectly coordinated with the dog's collar and leash. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Sam Heughan's Latest Ad for Barbour Is an Ode to the Perfect Summer Day," 7 Apr. 2017 In a complicated twist of feminism, Claire helps women advance politically by keeping them on the tightest of leashes. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "House of Cards' Final Season Is About Women Gaining Power—at the Expense of Other Women," 10 Nov. 2018 That, plus the long leash from Wall Street, allowed it to slash retail prices. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Happy Prime Day! Experts worry Amazon is building a dangerous monopoly.," 17 July 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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leash

noun

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

leash

noun
\ ˈlēsh How to pronounce leash (audio) \

Kids Definition of leash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line for holding or controlling an animal

leash

verb
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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