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bay sb.2 (orig. ‘abay’=O Fr. ‘abai’, mod. Fr. ‘aboi’)
1. deep prolonged barking Tit. II. ii. 3 “Uncouple here and let us make a bay.”
2. in phrases relating to the position of a hunted animal when it turns and faces the hounds, also fig. R2 II. iii. 128 “To rouse his wrongs and chase them to the bay,” Ven. 877 “the hounds are at a bay,” Tit. IV. ii. 42, Pilgr. xi. 13 [155].
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