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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
leash
noun
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be straining at the leash
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A collie on a leash nipped me on the heel, going through the skin.
▪ An extendable leash may be helpful at this stage.
▪ Barnabas pulled the leash from my hand yesterday afternoon, and raced into your yard.
▪ Here the choke chain is relaxed, Note that the leash itself is held in your right hand.
▪ I then attached a ring to this line and connected it to Dawn's leash.
▪ Others walked the retrievers, using spring-driven leashes.
▪ The leash was dragging and it was stepping on the leash and would stop.
▪ The same electronic system that provides flexibility to care for children or elderly parents at home can function as an electronic leash.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Leash

Leash \Leash\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Leashed; p. pr. & vb. n. Leashing.] To tie together, or hold, with a leash.

Leash

Leash \Leash\ (l[=e]sh), n. [OE. lese, lees, leece, OF. lesse, F. laisse, LL. laxa, fr. L. laxus loose. See Lax.]

  1. A thong of leather, or a long cord, by which a person may hold or restrain an animal, such as a falconer holding his hawk, or a courser his dog. For dogs and cats, the leash is commonly attached to a collar around the neck of the animal.

    Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash.
    --Shak.

  2. (Sporting) A brace and a half; a tierce; three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general.

    [I] kept my chamber a leash of days.
    --B. Jonson.

    Then were I wealthier than a leash of kings.
    --Tennyson.

  3. (Weaving) A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom.

    To keep (a person) on a short leash to maintain close control over the activities of (a person).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
leash

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

leash

"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.

Wiktionary
leash

n. 1 A strap, cord or rope with which to restrain an animal, often a dog. 2 A brace and a half; a tierce. 3 A set of three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general. 4 A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom. 5 (context surfing English) A leg rope. vb. 1 To fasten or secure with a leash. 2 (context figuratively English) to curb, restrain

WordNet
leash
  1. n. restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal [syn: tether, lead]

  2. the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one [syn: three, 3, III, trio, threesome, tierce, troika, triad, trine, trinity, ternary, ternion, triplet, tercet, terzetto, trey, deuce-ace]

  3. a figurative restraint; "asked for a collar on program trading in the stock market"; "kept a tight leash on his emotions"; "he's always gotten a long leash" [syn: collar]

  4. v. fasten with a rope; "rope the bag securely" [syn: rope]

Wikipedia
Leash

A leash (also called a lead, lead line or tether) is a rope or similar material attached to the neck or head of an animal for restraint or control. On the animal, some leashes clip or tie to a collar, harness, or halter, while others go directly around the animal's neck.

Leash (disambiguation)

Leash can refer to:

  • Leash, a restraint for pets
  • Among hunters, a collection of three hares (“a brace and a half” or tierce) or three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks is called “a leash.”
  • Leash (BDSM), a restrainer in fantasy sex play
  • Surfboard leash, the cord that attaches a surfboard to the surfer
  • Child wrist leash, similar to a child harness
  • Leash, a piece of rope with a boltsnap that is used to stow empty stage or deco cylinders during Technical diving
  • Leash (Pearl Jam song), a song by Pearl Jam from their 1993 album Vs.

Usage examples of "leash".

Tell me, has he got some other poor bastard leashed in to replace Aiten yet?

A sixfoot black girl with red hot pants and platform sandals went by with a Lhasa apso on a short leash.

Therefore he betook him to the Turk bow, and shot a leash of heath-fowl, and they supped on the meat merrily in the wilderness.

The animals strained against the leashed collars, trying to creep forward, their eyes blazing, saliva loose and dripping from their jaws, the wet fangs shining in the firelight.

Soon Narla and I, sharing a common neck leash, two collars, with a strap with center grip, stood outside the long, low room, in the corridor.

It endured the indignity of being leashed with the air of a prisoner enduring interrogation from the Deutsche or some equally fierce Big Uglies.

Some dogs refused to cooperate, and in desperation, their handlers crawled through the barrel while dragging the dogs through by their leashes.

Then the dogs were put in at one end and made to swim the length of the pool by the handler tugging on the leash.

Instead, they bolted for the rear of the tents where the dogs met them head-on, straining at their leashes.

Now she no longer wondered why some Doms were fond of keeping their subs in The Zone on a collar and leash, to reinforce the servitude and the bond.

Owen thought Finlay was a mad dog killer who might slip his leash at any time, and turn on friend as well as foe, and Finlay thought Owen was a dangerous amateur who thought too much.

I face frontwards just in time to hurdle a leash that connects a woman and a squirrel-sized dog, and careen into the street.

And, as a finale, Hambone suddenly decided to slip his leash and lose himself on the boat right when it came time to depart.

The boy was straining forward, nostrils flickering, head held high, like some trembling highbred beast restrained on a leash.

Crowded by his brothers with Dakar leashed in tow, Bransian plunged into the pit black cavern of the dungeon.