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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 The white woman who was captured in a viral video calling the police after a black man asked her to put her dog on a leash in New York City's Central Park is facing misdemeanor charges for filing a false report. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "White woman faces charges after calling police on black bird-watcher in Central Park," 6 July 2020 Dogs can’t jump on residents, bark incessantly, must be on a leash at all times, and be able to follow commands from the owner. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Houston area volunteer discusses pandemic’s impact on pet therapy," 11 July 2020 This comes after a video went viral of Amy Cooper calling 911 after Christian Cooper, a Black bird watcher in New York's Central Park, asked her to put her dog on a leash. Wenei Philimon, USA TODAY, "Black Americans report hate crimes, violence in wake of George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter gains," 8 July 2020 In it, Christian is heard repeatedly — and calmly — asking Amy to put her dog on a leash, in accordance with park regulations. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Amy Cooper Faces Charges For Her False Police Call. Abolitionists Argue This Is Not The Solution.," 8 July 2020 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

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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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2 Aug 2020

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“Leash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leash. Accessed 6 Aug. 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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