\ 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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For hanging things like a collar or leash, opt for man's other best friend: detachable hooks. Maya Mcdowell, Good Housekeeping, "How to Create the Multipurpose Entryway of Your Dreams," 17 May 2019 The owner was cooperative, putting a leash on the dog’s collar and leading him over to the ACS truck. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Thousands of dog bites in S.A. include three-dozen cases against dangerous dogs," 26 May 2018 More than 20 states have tightened the leash on fake service dogs by enacting similar laws to discourage pet owners from bringing untrained animals into stores, restaurants, libraries and other public places where their behavior can be bothersome. Michael Ollove, Washington Post, "Service-animal laws are getting tighter, with another state adding oversight," 12 May 2018 There's an elastic leash on the clip so it doesn't get lost. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Got bear spray? Here’s how to make sure you use it right.," 5 May 2018 Delta Air Lines is tightening the leash on service and emotional support animals, requiring human passengers to hand over more information about their pets before everyone gets cozy in coach. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "Delta imposes new guidelines on service animals allowed on board," 19 Jan. 2018 Of course there are easier and better ways to get best of both worlds than installing a leash on a pair of AirPods. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "A Perfect Fix for the Biggest Flaw of Apple's AirPods," 12 Sep. 2016 In places where off-leash hiking is allowed, don't let him out of your sight. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Hiking With Your Dog," 12 Feb. 2019 Taking their place would be more sophisticated investors tugging on a tighter leash. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Public Bravado, Private Doubts: Inside the Unraveling of Elon Musk’s Tesla Buyout," 27 Aug. 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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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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