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  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.

  1. Hunting. a brace and a half, as of foxes or hounds.

verb (used with object)
  1. to secure, control, or restrain by or as if by a leash: to leash water power for industrial use.

  2. to bind together by or as if by a leash; connect; link; associate.

Origin of leash

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English lesh, variant of lece, lese, from Old French laisse; see lease1

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British Dictionary definitions for leash


/ (liːʃ) /

  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

  1. hunting three of the same kind of animal, usually hounds, foxes, or hares

  2. straining at the leash eagerly impatient to begin something

  1. (tr) to control or secure by or as if by a leash

Origin of leash

C13: 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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