- at bay late 14c., originally often at the bay; see BAY (Cf. bay) (n.3). Figurative use, of human beings in difficulties, is from c.1400. The expression reflects the former more widespread use of AT (Cf. at). Earlier the expression be at abai was used of the hunted animal, "be unable to escape," c.1300, from French.
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