WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
leash /liʃ/USA pronunciation n.  [countable] a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or other animal;
a lead.
[uncountable] control;
restraint:to keep one's temper in leash.

v. [+ object] to secure or control by or as if by a leash:Leash your dog.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

leash /liːʃ/ n
  1. a line or rope used to walk or control a dog or other animal; lead
  2. something resembling this in function: he kept a tight leash on his emotions
  3. straining at the leasheagerly impatient to begin something
vb
  1. (transitive) to control or secure by or as if by a leash
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French laisse, from laissier to loose (hence, to let a dog run on a leash), ultimately from Latin laxus lax



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