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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.
  3. Hunting. a brace and a half, as of foxes or hounds.
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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.
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Origin of leash

1250–1300; Middle English lesh, variant of lece, lese < Old French laisse. See lease1
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Related Words

rope, cord, tether, strap, control, chain, lead, restraint, curb, bridle, deterrent, hold, check, hog-tie, clog, fetter, secure, suppress, restrain, hamper

Examples from the Web for leashed

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Historical Examples

  • Lithe and poised, he was the epitome of leashed and controlled action.

  • His whole body was a quivering vehicle for the leashed soul of speed.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • Tobin and McCane growled at each other like leashed fighting-dogs.

    The Boss of Wind River

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • And they could not be more sure of the conductor and the driver if they had them manacled and leashed.

    The Author's Craft

    Arnold Bennett

  • Precision and dispatch followed, like two leashed hounds, in the footsteps of the chief.

    The Incendiary

    W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

British Dictionary definitions for leashed


  1. a line or rope used to walk or control a dog or other animal; lead
  2. something resembling this in functionhe kept a tight leash on his emotions
  3. hunting three of the same kind of animal, usually hounds, foxes, or hares
  4. straining at the leash eagerly impatient to begin something
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  1. (tr) to control or secure by or as if by a leash
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Word Origin

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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Word Origin and History for leashed



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

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"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.

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