One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Trap or corner a person or animal being hunted or chased.‘the Athenians were brought to bay between the streams’
- ‘Mounted on their camels, they use dogs to bring their quarry to bay, and sharpened poles as lances.’
- ‘Beneath a stand of trees, on a rise of land above the chateau, is a stone table and benches where Louis would breakfast while his hounds and huntsmen searched out a likely scent in the meadows below or brought some stag to bay.’
- ‘Capitalism has neither conscience nor morality when it is brought to bay.’
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