Leash Definition

lēsh
leashed, leashes
noun
leashes
A cord, strap, etc. by which a dog or other animal is held in check.
Webster's New World
A strap or cord attached to a harness worn by a small child, used to prevent the child from wandering off.
American Heritage
A strap, cord, or other line used to keep an object close to its user or in a designated location.
American Heritage
Control or restraint.
Emotions kept in leash.
American Heritage
A set of three, as of hounds; brace and a half.
Webster's New World
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verb
leashed, leashes
To attach a leash to.
Webster's New World
To check or control by or as by a leash.
Webster's New World

(figuratively) To curb, restrain.

Wiktionary
Antonyms:
idiom
hold in leash
  • to control; curb; restrain
Webster's New World
strain at the leash
  • to be impatient to have freedom from restraint
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Leash

Noun

Singular:
leash
Plural:
leashes

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Leash

  • hold in leash
  • strain at the leash

Origin of Leash

  • From Middle English leesshe, leysche, lesshe, a variant of more original lease, from Middle English lees, leese, leece, lese, from Old French lesse (modern French laisse), from Latin laxa (“thong, a loose cord"), feminine form of laxus (“loose"); compare lax.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English lees, lesh from Old French laisse from laissier to let go lease

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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