\ 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 Plans include playground equipment with a forest theme, a picnic and lawn area, an off-leash dog park, adult exercise equipment, a food and beverage kiosk, and public restrooms with an attendant. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Budget for Children’s Park redo grows to $9M," 22 Feb. 2021 In May, Amy Cooper famously called the police after a bird watcher named Christian Cooper (no relation) asked her to follow park rules and keep her dog on a leash. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Amy Cooper’s Case Has Been Dismissed. Is This Restorative Justice?," 19 Feb. 2021 In a six-week obedience training course with Mr. San Miguel, Nash learned how to walk calmly on a leash and follow basic commands. New York Times, "The People Who Got Puppies Were in Over Their Heads," 19 Feb. 2021 Tiller’s identity is at times a thread, a leash and a tripwire, and that flickering sense of himself, so dependent on the vision of whoever is looking at him, was only too familiar to me, a biracial Korean-American. New York Times, "Chang-rae Lee’s Global Revision of the Suburban Novel," 5 Feb. 2021 So for example, applying pressure to a leash or turning on a shock collar when a dog isn’t staying close to you. Sassafras Lowrey, Wired, "In Praise of Positive Reinforcement for Your Pets," 30 Jan. 2021 Sooki wore a leash as a child, the energy in her tiny frame too much for her mother to control. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 The president-elect may put Moscow on a tighter leash. NBC News, "Pandemic relief finally on the way as Congress passes $900B Covid aid bill," 22 Dec. 2020 The owner can be seen leading the animal by a leash into the store. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Camel spotted shopping at Bath & Body Works with owner in Nevada," 15 Dec. 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Leash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leash. Accessed 5 Mar. 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


\ 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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