- 1A strap or cord for restraining and guiding a dog or other animal.More example sentences
- If he hadn't been tangled in the animal's leash, he would never have inadvertently brought the girl here in the first place.
- To a kid - or to sheltered adults who never stopped to look or smell or touch - any animal not on a leash counts.
- In fact many of the regulars at the store were surprised or rather taken aback when customers walked in with their animals on a leash.
- 1.1 Falconry A thong or string attached to the jesses of a hawk, used for tying it to a perch or a creance.More example sentences
- If you time-travelled any one of Ghengis Khan's myriad falconers into a modern hawking set-up he'd be more than familiar with the leashes, jesses and other falconry ‘furniture’ still used.
- 1.2A restraint: her bristling temper was kept on a leash the state needs to let business off the leashMore example sentences
- Noise still rears an ugly head but, instead of relentlessly bashing away, it is under a leash and controlled.
- A supine Congress like the present one is rapidly eroding the American founding fathers' vision of a legislature keeping the executive branch on a tight leash.
- A prohibition on taking deposits in local currency, strict capital requirements and a lid on opening branches are keeping foreign giants on a tight leash.
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- 1Put a leash on (a dog).More example sentences
put a/the leash on, put a/the lead on, tether, tie up, secure, restrain
- Larger dogs may be taken on the T during off-peak hours and must be leashed and controlled at all times.
- Pets are welcome throughout the remainder of the park including trails, but they must be leashed at all times.
- The Fairfax County Park Authority has always welcomed leashed dogs in all of its parks.
- 1.1Restrain: his violence was barely leashedMore example sentences
- The security moms are panting with barely leashed desire.
- Angela Lansbury's 1962 villain was an ice queen but Meryl Streep turns her into a barely leashed neurotic who escalates hissy fits into diatribes.
- His touch is that curious blend of tenderness and leashed violence that is the hallmark of a genuine man.
strain at the leash
- Be eager to begin or do something.More example sentences
- And perhaps the sight of their older married brothers straining at the leash is giving them pause.
- You may think of soldiers as gung-ho types who strained at the leash last year to invade.
- It was to get to that unheard of city I'd agitated and strained at the leash of Albany Park.
Middle English: from Old French lesse, laisse, from laissier in the specific sense 'let run on a slack lead' (see lease).