leash

Dog owners who live in the city need a leash, a rope or cord attached to the dog's collar that helps his owner keep him safe and restrained.

When you walk a dog, you hold his leash to guide him along the sidewalk and keep him from chasing squirrels into busy streets. The word leash is also useful for describing a figurative kind of guide or restraint: "The teachers at that school keep their students on a short leash when they take field trips downtown." The students aren't on actual leashes, but they are constrained. Leash comes from the Old French word laissier, or "loose."

Primary Meanings of leash

1.
nv
restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
fasten with a rope
2.
n
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
Full Definitions of leash
1

n restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

Synonyms:
lead, tether
Type of:
constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion

n a figurative restraint

“kept a tight leash on his emotions”
“he's always gotten a long leash
Synonyms:
collar
Type of:
restraint
the act of controlling by restraining someone or something

v fasten with a rope

Synonyms:
rope
Type of:
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
2

n the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one

Synonyms:
3, III, deuce-ace, tercet, ternary, ternion, terzetto, three, threesome, tierce, trey, triad, trine, trinity, trio, triplet, troika
Type of:
digit, figure
one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration

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