leash

noun
\ 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 Secured housing and restraints such as a leash and muzzle when the dog is walked are required. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange County declares Ski World Orlando mascot Marley a ‘dangerous’ dog," 6 Nov. 2019 Dogs must be on a leash at all times and well behaved. Pomerado News, "Community Calendar - Oct. 10-31, 2019," 9 Oct. 2019 At adjacent Carmel beach, dogs can roam leash-free. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Pet-Friendly Hotels That Both Dogs and Humans Will Love," 1 Oct. 2019 Those who cannot bring their animal friend may bring a picture, or something that belongs to that animal, such as a toy or leash, said Jillian Corbin, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Place. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 30 Sep. 2019 Holding signs and leashes with dogs of their own, the marchers trekked from the Longview Civic Circle to the Longview Police Department and Cowlitz County Hall of Justice. Alex Bruell, The Seattle Times, "Marchers in Longview demand charges in dog deaths case; owners of slain cat speak out," 27 Sep. 2019 Plastic straws, dog leashes, Christmas lights, and skateboards are coming to America. Fortune, "Time is Running Out for a U.S.-China Trade Deal," 21 Sep. 2019 From organic food, cutesy leashes, collars and tags, to orthopaedic beds and age-specific nutrition, Narang says her brand now offers them products for every aspect of a dog’s life, from puppyhood to senior living. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Heads Up For Tales is raising millions as Indian pet parents pamper their pooches," 13 Sep. 2019 Joss & Main’s Lula Entryway Dog Bed ($394.99) is a stylish multitasking piece of wood veneer furniture with a dog bed and hooks to hang leashes plus your dog’s raincoat and yours. Jura Koncius, Twin Cities, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 28 July 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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The first known use of leash was in the 14th century

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leash

noun
How to pronounce leash (audio)

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

leash

noun
\ ˈlēsh How to pronounce leash (audio) \

Kids Definition of leash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line for holding or controlling an animal

leash

verb
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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