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 for To keep (a person) on a short leash
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
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              Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash. --Shak.
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     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.
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              [I] kept my chamber a leash of days.  --B. Jonson.
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              Then were I wealthier than a leash of kings.
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     3. (Weaving) A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp
        threads, in a loom.
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     To keep (a person) on a short leash to maintain close
        control over the activities of (a person).

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