- adv or adj. phr.In a place where you can no longer run away; unable to go back farther; forced to stand and fight, or face an enemy; cornered.
The dog ran the rat into a corner, and there the rat turned at bay.
The police chased the thief to a roof, where they held him at bay until more policemen came to help.Compare: bring to bay
Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". Оригинал: A.Маккей, М.Т.Боткер, Дж.И.Гейтс. 1997.
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