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leash

[leesh] /liʃ/
noun
1.
a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or other animal; lead.
2.
check; curb; restraint:
to keep one's temper in leash; a tight leash on one's subordinates.
3.
Hunting. a brace and a half, as of foxes or hounds.
verb (used with object)
4.
to secure, control, or restrain by or as if by a leash:
to leash water power for industrial use.
5.
to bind together by or as if by a leash; connect; link; associate.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English lesh, variant of lece, lese < Old French laisse. See lease1
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leash

/liːʃ/
noun
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) three of the same kind of animal, usually hounds, foxes, or hares
4.
straining at the leash, eagerly impatient to begin something
verb
5.
(transitive) to control or secure by or as if by a leash
Word Origin
C13: from Old French laisse, from laissier to loose (hence, to let a dog run on a leash), ultimately from Latin laxuslax
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Word Origin and History for lea-shed
leash
"thong for holding a dog or hound," c.1300, from O.Fr. laisse, from laissier "loosen," from L. laxare, from laxus "loose" (see lax). Fig. senses are attested from c.1430. The verb is from 1599. The noun meaning "a set of three" is from c.1320, originally in sporting language.
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