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a. A chain, rope, or strap attached to the collar or harness of an animal, especially a dog, and used to lead it or hold it in check.
b. A strap or cord attached to a harness worn by a small child, used to prevent the child from wandering off.
c. A strap, cord, or other line used to keep an object close to its user or in a designated location.
a. Control or restraint: emotions kept in leash.
b. A range of allowable behavior or responsibility: a husband kept on a short leash.
a. A set of three animals, such as hounds.
b. A set of three.
tr.v. leashed, leash·ing, leash·es
To restrain with or as if with a leash.
[Middle English lees, lesh, from Old French laisse, from laissier, to let go; see lease.]
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1. a line or rope used to walk or control a dog or other animal; lead
2. something resembling this in function: he kept a tight leash on his emotions.
3. (Hunting) hunting three of the same kind of animal, usually hounds, foxes, or hares
4. straining at the leash eagerly impatient to begin something
(tr) to control or secure by or as if by a leash
[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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1. a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or other animal; lead.
2. control; restraint: to keep one's temper in leash.
3. a brace and a half, as of foxes or hounds; set of three animals.v.t.
4. to secure or control by or as if by a leash.
5. to bind together by or as if by a leash; connect; link; associate.Idioms:
strain at the leash, to struggle against constraints.
[1250–1300; Middle English lesh, variant of lece, lese < Old French laisse]
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LeashSporting, a brace and a half; a tierce, i.e., ‘three’. See also harl.
Examples: leash of armies, 1705; of bucks, 1624; of days, 1609; of deer; of foxes, 1838; of greyhound, 1450; of hares, 1750; of hawks, 1486; of hounds, 1320; of kings, 1859; of languages, 1663; of partridges; of ratches, 1526; of snipe; of teal, 1826; of trout, 1882.
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Past participle: leashed
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|Noun||1.||leash - restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal|
|2.||leash - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one|
3, deuce-ace, III, tercet, ternary, ternion, terzetto, three, threesome, trey, triad, trine, trinity, trio, triplet, troika, tierce
|3.||leash - 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"|
restraint - the act of controlling by restraining someone or something; "the unlawful restraint of trade"
|Verb||1.||leash - fasten with a rope; "rope the bag securely"|
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straining at the leash impatient, eager, restless, chafing There are plenty of youngsters straining at the leash to take their place.
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رباط عُنْق الكَلْب
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a strip of leather or piece of chain attached to a collar round its neck by which a dog etc is held. leiband رباط عُنْق الكَلْب каишка trela vodítko die (Koppel)Leine hundesnor λουρί σκύλου correa (koera)rihm قلاده hihna laisseרצועה (पशुओं को बांधने वाला) पट्टा vodilica, uže póráz pengikat anjing ól, band guinzaglio 皮ひも (동물 등을 매는) 가죽끈 pasaitas siksna; saite; pavada tali cawak lijnbånd, lenkesmycz د سپى د تلړو ريشمه trela lesă поводок vôdzka, vodidlo (pasja) vrvica povodac koppel, rem ปลอกคอ tasma kayışı, zinciri (繫在寵物頸部的)皮帶 шворка, прив'язь لگام dây buộc chó （拴在宠物颈的）皮带
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