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flourish like a green bay tree

To thrive; to grow very successfully. The green bay tree is known to grow several new branches every year. Wow, you have just been flourishing like a green bay tree ever since you changed majors.
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at bay

At a safe distance; held back by some action. That preventative course of antibiotics really kept the illness at bay—I was hardly sick at all! We have a security system to keep burglars at bay.
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bay at

To howl at. A: "What's that noise?" B: "Just some coyotes baying at the moon."
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bay for blood

To seek punishment for a person or group. My co-workers have been baying for blood ever since they found out that I lied about my credentials on my resume.
See also: bay, blood

be baying for blood

To be seeking punishment for a person or group. My co-workers have been baying for blood ever since they found out that I lied about my credentials on my resume.
See also: bay, blood

keep (someone or something) at bay

To keep something at a distance from oneself, especially that which is harmful or unpleasant; to control something in order to keep it from doing harm to oneself. During my college years, the only things I had to keep hunger at bay were beans, rice, and plain pasta. You have to start meeting your minimum monthly repayments if you want to keep your creditors at bay. These tree frogs have a powerful poison on their backs that helps keep predators at bay.
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*at bay

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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bay at something

to howl at something. (Usually said of a dog, wolf, or coyote.) The dogs were baying at the moon. We heard a coyote in the distance, baying at the moon.
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hold someone or something at bay

Fig. to make someone, a group, or an animal stay at a safe distance. (Originally referred only to animals.) I held the attacker at bay while Mary got away and called the police. The dogs held the bear at bay while I got my gun loaded.
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at bay

Cornered, in distress, as in Angry bystanders chased the thief into an alley and held him at bay until the police arrived . This idiom originally came from hunting, where it describes an animal that has been driven back and now faces pursuing hounds. Its use for other situations dates from the late 1500s.
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keep something/someone at bay


hold something/someone at bay

COMMON If you keep something or someone at bay or hold them at bay, you stop them from attacking you or harming you. By salting the meat, bacteria were kept at bay, preserving the meat for future use. Tooth decay can be held at bay by fluoride toothpaste and good dentistry. A dozen American soldiers held the crowd at bay until the helicopter lifted off. Note: When a hunted animal is at bay, it is trapped by the hounds (= hunting dogs) and forced to turn and face them to defend itself. However, if the animal is successfully defending itself in this position, you can say that it is holding the hounds at bay. This second use seems the most likely origin of the expression.
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be baying for someone's blood


be baying for blood

If people are baying for someone's blood or baying for blood, they want someone to be punished or hurt. Eight thousand supporters were baying for the manager's blood after a 5-0 loss to Grimsby. The travel company had just buried itself with debts of more than £12m and thousands of disappointed holidaymakers were baying for blood. Note: This expression compares the people's demands to the sounds that dogs make on a hunt.
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bay at the moon


howl at the moon

If you bay at the moon or howl at the moon, you waste your time and energy trying to do something which is impossible or trying to get something which you cannot have. You're looking for the perfect man and he doesn't exist. You're baying at the moon.
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bay for blood

demand punishment or retribution.
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bring someone or something to bay

trap or corner a person or animal being hunted or chased.
This phrase was originally a medieval hunting term, referring to the position of the quarry when it is cornered by the baying hounds. An animal cornered in this way is said to stand at bay .
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hold (or keep) someone or something at bay

prevent someone or something from approaching or having an effect.
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bay at the moon

clamour or make an outcry to no effect.
The barking of dogs at a full moon has been a metaphor for futile activity since the mid 17th century.
See also: bay, moon

at ˈbay

when an animal that is being hunted is at bay, it must turn and face the dogs and hunters because it is impossible to escape from them
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hold/keep somebody/something at ˈbay

prevent somebody/something from coming too close or attacking: Vitamin C helps to keep colds and flu at bay.

bay window

n. a belly; an abdomen. You are going to have to do something about that bay window.
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at bay

To keep someone or something at a safe distance. The phrase derives from stag hunting, from a French word that also is the source of the English word for the baying howl that hounds make during a chance. A tired and cornered stag that turns to face the pursuing hounds is, for the moment, at a safe distance from its attackers.
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This is an input to the Naive Bayes Classifier (testing data).
After leaving Ziegfeld management in 1910 Bayes and Norworth wrote their own songs and produced their own shows, performing on the Keith's more legitimate vaudeville circuit until 1913 when they ended their partnership in divorce upon which Bayes married fellow actor Harry Clarke.
The empirical Bayes model and methodology is now briefly described.
To address the rule conflicts, a new classification approach called Associative Classification with Bayes (AC-Bayes) is developed.
An informative Bayes prior distribution for these unknown genetic parameters underlying the stock-mixture sample can be derived from the baseline samples and would provide for such shrinkage.
From refurbishing and distributing 20 computers a day, PCs for Kids has in the past month been reduced to sending out ''one or two,'' with around 300 computers for East Timor and Vietnam currently stockpiled, PCs for Kids founder Colin Bayes told Kyodo News.
Bayes Impact's data science projects are focused on building implementable solutions to a wide range of societal problems including healthcare, disaster recovery, and criminal justice.
In the current study, for classification and evaluating the performance of classifiers Radial Basis and Naive Bayes were employed Performance of the classifier is measured in terms of sensitivity (SEN), specificity (SPEC), accuracy (ACC) and Matthew's correlation coefficients (MCC) given by equations (4-7),
In a book called The Signal and the Noise, Silver wrote that Bayes made "a statement - expressed both mathematically and philosophically - about how we learn about the universe: that we learn about it through approximation, getting closer and closer to the truth as we gather more evidence.
Moroski on receiving the association's Lucille Bayes Clerk of the Year Award.
The objective of the analysis that follows is to show how the statistical Bayes formula (theorem) to update beliefs (5-10) can be used to interpret the TD (PoF) information and to determine if the device (system) of interest is still sound (healthy) or has become faulty, and to use this information to identify a faulty device, if any.
Bayes (political science, California State University-Northridge) assembles international contributors to explore perspectives on gender and politics around the world.
Greg Munn will be based in New York, Howard Meizer in London while Jonathan Bayes will take charge the Cash Equities division in Asia.
While widely accepted for a while, the Bayes approach was held in disrepute for much of the 20th century, thanks to the superior PR apparatus of a competing statistics philosophy known as frequentism.