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leash Syllabification: leash

Definition of leash in English:


1A strap or cord for restraining and guiding a dog or other animal.
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.
lead, tether, rope, chain, restraint
1.1 Falconry A thong or string attached to the jesses of a hawk, used for tying it to a perch or a creance.
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 leash
More 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).
Example sentences
  • 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.
put a/the leash on, put a/the lead on, tether, tie up, secure, restrain
1.1Restrain: his violence was barely leashed
More 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.
curb, control, keep under control, check, restrain, hold back, suppress, rein in


Middle English: from Old French lesse, laisse, from laissier in the specific sense 'let run on a slack lead' (see lease).


strain at the leash

Be eager to begin or do something.
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.
eager, impatient, anxious, enthusiastic
informal itching, dying

Words that rhyme with leash

babiche, Dalglish, fiche, Laois, niche, nouveau riche, pastiche, quiche, Rajneesh, schottische

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