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- KEEP SOMETHING AT BAY -

Preventing something unpleasant from coming too near to you for fear that it will harm you. For example:

If a coach was asked why he doesn't play a particular player very often, he might say, "I'm keeping him at bay, I think it's in the best interests of the team to do so."








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