bring\ to\ bay


bring\ to\ bay
v. phr.
To chase or force into a place where escape is impossible without a fight; trap; corner.

The police brought the robber to bay on the roof and he gave up.

The fox was brought to bay in a hollow tree and the dogs stood around it barking.

Compare: at bay

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