leash

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
leash /liʃ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or other animal;
    a lead.
  2. [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.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    leash  (lēsh), 
    n. 
    1. a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or other animal;
      lead.
    2. check;
      curb;
      restraint:to keep one's temper in leash; a tight leash on one's subordinates.
    3. [Hunting.]a brace and a half, as of foxes or hounds.

    v.t. 
  • to secure, control, or restrain by or as if by a leash:to leash water power for industrial use.
  • to bind together by or as if by a leash;
    connect;
    link;
    associate.
  • Etymology:
    • Old French laisse. See lease1
    • Middle English lesh, variant of lece, lese 1250–1300


    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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