rare corsets with bones in them
a position of a sailing vessel relative to the wind so that the sails are luffing or aback: Compare irons (def. 2)
miss stays or refuse stays (of a sailing vessel) to fail to come about
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How to use stays in a sentence
Everybody stays—because by the end, his triumph feels like your own.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014 | Janice Kaplan | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The longer someone stays well, the lower their chance of relapsing, although that possibility never becomes zero.
But he loses his backpack in the process and it stays with the cops as he flees down the walkway toward Brooklyn.
He stays home one more day and then comes in and seems fine.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You go through your day making the energy you need for typical activities, and this usually stays fairly constant.
"It's always the way with them," sighed Miss Grains, who suffered from a complication of romantic tendency and very tight stays.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
It stays on through the winter, but never remains to breed as it does regularly at Lundy Island.Birds of Guernsey (1879) | Cecil Smith
Yes, all put up their shutters, but one of them stays in town at the back of the house.
Once switched on, the radio frequently stays on, and children are then allowed to continue listening far too long.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
The stays insisted a little cruelly on the lines of her figure, and the tight bodice betrayed her narrow-chested.Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan