hold someone or something at bay
hold (someone or something) at bay
To keep someone or something at a distance or from reaching full potency, especially in order to prevent harm to oneself. These tree frogs have a powerful poison on their backs that helps hold predators at bay. You have to start meeting your minimum monthly repayments if you want to hold your creditors at bay. During my college years, the only things I had to hold hunger at bay were beans, rice, and plain pasta.
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hold (or keep) someone or something at bayprevent someone or something from approaching or having an effect.
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- hold (someone or something) at bay
- hold at bay
- hold/keep somebody/something at bay
- keep (someone or something) at bay
- keep something/someone at bay
- leave (someone, something, or oneself) (wide) open for (something)
- leave oneself wide open for
- keep (someone or something) in sight
- keep sight of
- keep sight of somebody/something