strain at the leash

Definition of strain at the leash

  1. :  to be very eager The kids were straining at the leash to get going.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  lineage, ancestry

    :  a group of presumed common ancestry with clear-cut physiological but usually not morphological distinctions

    :  a specified infraspecific group (such as a stock, line, or ecotype)

  1. :  to draw tight :  cause to fit firmly

    :  to stretch to maximum extension and tautness

    :  to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost

  1. :  an act of straining or the condition of being strained: such as

    :  bodily injury from excessive tension, effort, or use

    :  one resulting from a wrench or twist and involving undue stretching of muscles or ligaments

  1. :  a line for leading or restraining an animal

    :  something that restrains :  the state of being restrained

    :  a set of three animals (such as greyhounds, foxes, bucks, or hares)

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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