bring (someone or something) to bay

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bring (someone or something) to bay

To catch or trap someone or something (such as an animal). That beast has been terrorizing the townspeople for weeks—we must bring it to bay at once!
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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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Mathews clearly advocates not unions' abdication but their engagement, meaning either joint planning with employers wise enough to seek common ground in a changing global marketplace, or a struggle to bring to bay those tempted to move toward unilateralism or exploitative interpretations of STS systems.