\ 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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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 But there will be immense pressure on coach Matt Nagy to get off to a good start, and Dalton probably won’t have a long leash. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 Giving kids a longer leash bolstered life skills and confidence. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 Robinson attempted to follow Blue with the dog's leash in hand but could not catch up with the pup before the pet disappeared near a highway. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 2 July 2021 Never take hold of a leash or harness from a service dog handler — doing so can disorient the handler, the dog or both. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2021 Each paddleboard comes with a lightweight adjustable paddle, carry bag, high-pressure dual-action pump, removable fins, leash and waterproof phone case in case Dad wants to text you from Marina del Rey. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Keep your dog on a leash in areas where bears are reported. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 7 June 2021 When outside the hiker's backpack, Floki stays on a leash. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 2 July 2021 Dog off leash, Deering Avenue: On Feb. 20, police responded to a disabled vehicle report on Deering Avenue. John Benson, cleveland, 10 Mar. 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Leash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leash. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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