at bay

at bay
в отчаянном, безвыходном положении, припёртый к стене; как загнанный зверь (обыкн. употр. с гл. to be) [этим. охот. загнанный (о звере, отбивающемся от наседающих на него собак)]; см. тж. stand at bay

He started up and stepping back, stood against the wall... with white and haggard face and staring eyes like a hunted beast at bay. (W. S. Maugham, ‘The Making of a Saint’, ch. XXXVII) — Он вскочил и, отступив назад, прислонился к стене... Его бледное лицо осунулось, глаза смотрели дико, как у затравленного зверя.

Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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