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[leesh] /liʃ/
a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or other animal; lead.
check; curb; 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.
verb (used with object)
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.
Origin of leash
1250-1300; Middle English lesh, variant of lece, lese < Old French laisse. See lease1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the faint gleam from the outside incandescents, he fell to untying the strings by which the suits were leashed to the lines.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • His whole body was a quivering vehicle for the leashed soul of speed.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • He was bound to her, he was leashed to her, and he must go begrimed and bedraggled to the dregs of life with her.

    The Bondman Hall Caine
  • Tobin and McCane growled at each other like leashed fighting-dogs.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • She will drop all her fun and frolic, and scud along brave and bare agin the wildest gale that ever leashed a coast.

    Killykinick Mary T. Waggaman
British Dictionary definitions for leashed


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
(hunting) three of the same kind of animal, usually hounds, foxes, or hares
straining at the leash, eagerly impatient to begin something
(transitive) to control or secure by or as if by a leash
Word Origin
C13: from Old French laisse, from laissier to loose (hence, to let a dog run on a leash), ultimately from Latin laxuslax
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Word Origin and History for leashed



"thong for holding a dog or hound," c.1300, from Old French laisse "hound's leash," from laissier "loosen," from Latin laxare, from laxus "loose" (see lax). Figurative sense attested from early 15c. The meaning "a set of three" is from early 14c., originally in sporting language.


"to attach to or with a leash," 1590s, from leash (n.). Related: Leashed; leashing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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