Definition of bring someone/something to bay in US English:

bring someone/something to bay

phrase

  • Trap or corner a person or animal being hunted or chased.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mounted on their camels, they use dogs to bring their quarry to bay, and sharpened poles as lances.’