Definition of stand at bay in English:

stand at bay


  • Turn to face one's pursuers.

    ‘she will be doomed to stand at bay’
    • ‘They could continue to exercise but again there is a relationship between behavioural responses, they turn and stand at bay as a defensive posture.’
    • ‘Leaving our panting steeds, we made a simultaneous rush on the boar, as he stood at bay in the water.’
    • ‘Sometimes we had to stand at bay but the engagement never lasted more than a few hours.’
    • ‘Deer stand at bay as an active defence strategy - not because they are run to exhaustion.’
    • ‘A brilliant act of daring with plenty of spectators and high hope of success is one thing; but to stand at bay when all chance seems gone, determined to die hard and never give in, is quite another.’