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!
See also: bay, bring

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 .
See also: bay, bring, someone, something
References in classic literature ?
Neither you nor I can tell how that man may turn on me, if I bring him to bay; we only know, by his own words and actions, that he is capable of striking at me through Laura, without a moment's hesitation, or a moment's remorse.
Jurgis and his gang joined in the sport, every man singling out his victim, and striving to bring him to bay and punch him.
Find an adult bear, let the dogs bring him to bay, and tiptoe close for the shot.
Army employed Apache scouts, was it possible to bring him to bay. <BL>