at bay meaning

  "at bay" in a sentence
Adjective: at bay
  1. Forced to turn and face attackers
    "a stag at bay"
    - cornered, trapped, treed

See also: unfree

[American slang]
Fig. at a distance. (Typically: be ~; keep someone or something ~; remain ~.)
  I have to keep the bill collectors at bay until I get my paycheck.
  The mosquitoes will not remain at bay for very long.


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  1. by early june, the president was at bay.
  2. i'd rather see edgar at bay than you.
  3. i am still a beast at bay.
  4. she opened the door wondering, a little bit at bay.
  5. all day long the army of the persians was kept at bay.

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