To keep a person on a short leash
Leash Leash (l[=e]sh), n. [OE. lese, lees, leece, OF. lesse, F. laisse, LL. laxa, fr. L. laxus loose. See {Lax}.] 1. A thong of leather, or a long cord, by which a person may hold or restrain an animal, such as a falconer holding his hawk, or a courser his dog. For dogs and cats, the leash is commonly attached to a collar around the neck of the animal. [1913 Webster]

Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Sporting) A brace and a half; a tierce; three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general. [1913 Webster]

[I] kept my chamber a leash of days. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

Then were I wealthier than a leash of kings. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. (Weaving) A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom. [1913 Webster]

{To keep (a person) on a short leash} to maintain close control over the activities of (a person). [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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