Meaning of bring to bay in English:

bring to bay


  • Trap or corner (a person or animal being hunted or chased)

    ‘the Athenians were brought to bay between the streams’
    • ‘Beneath a stand of trees, on a rise of land above the chateau, is a stone table and benches where Louis would breakfast while his hounds and huntsmen searched out a likely scent in the meadows below or brought some stag to bay.’
    • ‘Mounted on their camels, they use dogs to bring their quarry to bay, and sharpened poles as lances.’
    • ‘Capitalism has neither conscience nor morality when it is brought to bay.’