at bay

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Cornered; unable to flee.

Etymology:

  • From bay.
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We held the would-be kidnapper at bay until the police arrived.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'at bay':

at bayUnable to come closer; at a distance.
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  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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