bay (n.) Old form(s): baie
[hunting] last stand, point of capture
PP.11.13[Pilgrim, of his love] that I had my lady at this bay, / To kiss and clip me till I run away!
R2 II.iii.127[Bolingbroke to York, of Aumerle] He should have found his uncle Gaunt a father / To rouse his wrongs and chase them to the bay
R3 IV.iv.233[Queen Elizabeth to King Richard] I, in such a desperate bay of death, / Like a poor bark [also: sea inlet]
Tit IV.ii.42[Demetrius to Aaron, of their treatment of Lavinia] I would we had a thousand Roman dames / At such a bay, by turn to serve our lust
TS V.ii.56[Tranio to Petruchio, of Katherina] 'Tis thought your deer does hold you at a bay
Ven.877[of Venus] she hears the hounds are at a bay
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