Definition of leash noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//liːʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//liːʃ//
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  • (especially North American English) (British English also lead) a long piece of leather, chain or rope used for holding and controlling a dog All dogs must be kept on a leash in public places. Once she was away from the road, she could let the dogs off the leash. See related entries: Pets
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French lesse, laisse, from laissier in the specific sense ‘let run on a slack lead’, from Latin laxare ‘make loose’, from laxus ‘loose, lax’.Idioms (informal) to want to do something very much Like all youngsters, he's straining at the leash to leave home.
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