\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Covarrubias was possessive and kept her and Angel on a short leash, according to Erika Gonzalez. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 Keep dogs on a short leash when walking and hiking because a bear might perceive a roaming dog to be a threat to its cubs. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 21 May 2022 How long of a leash will manager Terry Francona give Bobby Bradley at first base? Joe Noga, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 Let go of the Chiron's leash, and your spine gets hit with 1.5 g's of leather backrest while a disorienting fuzziness engulfs you. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2022 The woman let go of the leash, and the dog ran across the street before it was captured by one of the suspects, according to police. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 2 Jan. 2022 His effectiveness had prompted the Orioles to loosen that leash somewhat. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 27 July 2022 Carlsbad opened its first off-leash area, Ann D. L’Heureux Memorial Dog Park, in 2006 along Carlsbad Village Drive a few blocks east of El Camino Real. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2022 Stebbins recognized the need for immediate action as the dog's leash was snarled in nearby dock pilings. Fox News, 18 July 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leash. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈlēsh How to pronounce leash (audio) \

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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