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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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Recent Examples on the Web Keep your temper on a leash and make decisions based on facts, not wishful thinking. oregonlive, "Horoscope for July 4, 2020: Gemini, take pride in patriotic events; Aquarius, expect unexpected visitors," 4 July 2020 Her retractable leash extended down the elevator shaft. Mike Wilson, Dallas News, "The doggonedest thing: Elevator opens to reveal a little pug, a leash stretching down the shaft — and screams from below," 3 July 2020 In areas where dogs are permitted, they’re usually required to be on a leash. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leave No Trace is about more than picking up trash. Here's what you should know before getting outside in Wisconsin," 2 July 2020 The Federal Reserve is keeping the nation’s biggest banks on a tight leash. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Wells Fargo, Apple, Walt Disney: Stocks That Defined the Week," 26 June 2020 Her tips were simple: Always keep your pets on a leash. National Geographic, "Epsiode 2: The Unstoppable Wily Coyote," 23 June 2020 Some people even use it on their dog leash and attach it to their backpack or belt for hands-free dog walking. Popular Science, "Supplies you need for your first outdoor climbing trip," 19 June 2020 Blaney clipped a leash on his collar, hopped the fence and buried her head in his fur. Ellen Mccarthy, Washington Post, "Her dog went missing in the middle of the pandemic — and a neighborhood of strangers found a mission," 23 June 2020 Carr is likely on a short leash with Gruden in 2020, and the Raiders are paying Mariota $7.5 million guaranteed in 2020, the kind of money that probably means Mariota will be a quarterback, nothing more. oregonlive, "Marcus Mariota deployed in a Taysom Hill-like role for the Las Vegas Raiders?," 17 June 2020

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

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9 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Leash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leash. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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