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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Rising up from scooping bay, the steep topography—hemmed by hills of evergreens—promises panoramas at practically every turn.
Perhaps the guards at the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities will finally be allowed to smoke cubans, too.
The proceedings expected this week in Guantanamo Bay had been canceled.
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Tressan was monstrous ill-at-ease, and his face lost a good deal of its habitual plethora of colour.
These have canted bay windows below them, and their pediments are surmounted by figures representing Mercury and Athæne.
Three men were sentenced to grow potatoes at Botany Bay the rest of their lives.
A fellow rudely clad—a hybrid between man-at-arms and lackey—lounged on a musket to confront them in the gateway.