\ 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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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 For each, the leash already was short heading into the World Series. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Will the Dodgers replicate closer model the Red Sox and Astros used to beat them?," 14 Sep. 2019 Off-leash dogs are not allowed at any public spaces, including beaches. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Panel to discuss rules for dogs at Newport’s beaches and parks," 6 Sep. 2019 Autism Companions, right, presents a graduation certificate to Danielle Jackson of Ithaca, N.Y., who is holding the leash for Bella, a new service dog for her 13-year-old son, Noah, at a ceremony Saturday in La Jolla. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Autism companion dogs ‘graduate’ into service," 28 Aug. 2019 The photo features Emma Stone sporting Cruella de Vil's signature two-toned hair and holding the leashes of three Dalmatians while flanked by two of her henchmen. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Disney Reveals the First Picture of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil," 25 Aug. 2019 The Trump administration has only loosened the leash on Cyber Command, elevating its authority and freeing it up to launch preemptive attacks on enemy infrastructure. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 Instead of a yoga mat, the women so garbed might be carrying any number of other things: the leash of a French bulldog; a bag of groceries; a pair of sunglasses; always and everywhere, a smartphone. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Behind the Times," 22 Aug. 2019 Rance, apparently disturbed that the Corrados had left their dog off leash, shoved her onto large boulders at the river’s edge and began to strike her with a metal baton on the back of her head, according to the suit. oregonlive.com, "Violent attack at Poet’s Beach by homeless man spurs suit against city," 17 July 2019 Dogs are allowed on Newport’s city beaches only before 10 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m., and only if on a leash. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Panel to discuss rules for dogs at Newport’s beaches and parks," 6 Sep. 2019

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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


\ 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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