• (British, America) IPA: /liːʃ/

leash (plural leashes)

  1. A strap, cord or rope with which to restrain an animal, often a dog.
    Synonyms: lead
    • c. 1605-1610, William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act I, Scene 6
      like a fawning greyhound in the leash
  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.
    • 1597, Henry IV part 1, by Shakespeare
      Sirrah, I am sworn brother to a leash of drawers; and can call them all by their Christian names, as, Tom, Dick, and Francis.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      It had an odd promiscuous tone, / As if h' had talk'd three parts in one; / Which made some think, when he did gabble, / Th' had heard three labourers of Babel; / Or Cerberus himself pronounce / A leash of languages at once.
    • Ben Jonson
      [I] kept my chamber a leash of days.
    • Tennyson
      Then were I wealthier than a leash of kings.
  4. A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom.
  5. (surfing) A leg rope.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: тро́йка

leash (leashes, present participle leashing; past and past participle leashed)

  1. To fasten or secure with a leash.
  2. (figuratively) to curb, restrain
    • 1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress:
      Man is brow-beaten, leashed, muzzled, masked, and lashed by boards and councils, by leagues and societies, by church and state.
Antonyms Translations
  • Portuguese: encoleirar

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