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bay vb. (1 in mod. use an echo of S.; 2 not pre-S.)
1. to bark at Cæs IV. iii. 27 “bay the moon.”
2. to pursue with barking, drive to bay MND. IV. i. 119 “they bay'd the bear With hounds of Sparta,” 2H4 I. iii. 80 “Baying him at the heels.”
3. to hold at bay (fig.) Cæs. IV. i. 49 “bay'd about with many enemies.”
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    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4.1
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