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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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*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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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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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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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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And while most woke to blue skies, fingers remained crossed the cloud would remain at bay long enough for at least a few hours' fun.
He said that the problem is serious in interior Punjab and Sindh where the witnesses often prefer to remain at bay during judicial proceedings due to fear for their lives.
He says the problem is serious in interior Punjab and Sindh where the witnesses often prefer to remain at bay during judicial proceedings due to fear for their lives.
London, March 20 (ANI): The assumptions that orang-utans prefer to remain at bay from water seem to have fallen flat after a group was snapped getting wet for various reasons.
Inflation, in this sort of environment, is likely to remain at bay, thanks to high spare capacity and weak pricing power.
Inflation will remain at bay in the fourth quarter.
The fund is ultimately a long-term investment and therefore, offers a way of investing in a strong dollar asset for over 20 years, should the temptation to sell remain at bay.
Fed Fodder: Tuesday evening, Federal Reserve Governor Susan Bies noted that the Federal Reserve should continue to elevate interest rates at a "measured pace" provided that inflationary pressures remain at bay.
He said the problem is serious in interior Punjab and Sindh where the witnesses often prefer to remain at bay during judicial proceedings due to fear for their lives.
Washington, October 6 (ANI): Michael Jackson's former doctor has reportedly been told to remain at bay from affairs concerning the late star's children.
ONLY a few apartments remain at Bay Court, George Wimpey North's development of luxury seafront apartments at Seaburn.
London, June 20 (ANI): Susan Boyle was asked to remain at bay from another Britain's Got Talent concert after the singing sensation suffered exhaustion once again.
London, June 11 (ANI): British television's top comedy duo Ant and Dec have confessed they cannot remain at bay from each other off screen.
Melbourne, May 20 (ANI): Popular sports television presenter Lee Furlong wants to remain at bay from the WAG label.