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1.
to prevent something or someone unpleasant from coming too near you or harming you
Hey, Matt get me some vitamins, because I need to keep this swine flue at bay!
Keep at bay!

Back in Europe of the 1700s, another drink was developed that mixed warm milk and eggs with sherry or brandy to keep the chill at bay.
by EnglishRepublic November 18, 2009
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