at bay


: in the position of being unable to move closer while attacking or trying to approach someone
used with keep or hold
The soldiers kept the attackers at bay.
often used figuratively
The doctors have been able to keep her illness at bay for several months.

Examples of at bay in a Sentence

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“At bay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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