WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
leash /liʃ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
v. [~ + object]
- [countable] a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or other animal;
restraint[uncountable]to keep one's temper in leash.
- to secure or control by or as if by a leash:Leash your dog.
- a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or other animal;
restraint:to keep one's temper in leash; a tight leash on one's subordinates.
- [Hunting.]a brace and a half, as of foxes or hounds.
- 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;
- Old French laisse. See lease1
- Middle English lesh, variant of lece, lese 1250–1300
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leash /liːʃ/ n
- a line or rope used to walk or control a dog or other animal; lead
- something resembling this in function: he kept a tight leash on his emotions
- straining at the leash ⇒ eagerly impatient to begin something
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
- (transitive) to control or secure by or as if by a leash
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