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BAY. Is an enclosure to keep in the water for the supply of a mill or other contrivance, so that the water may be able to, drive the wheels of such mill. Stat. 27 Eliz. c. 19.
     2. A large open water or harbor where ships may ride, is also called a bay; as, the Chesapeake Bay, the, Bay of New York.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A throw is a must, of course, as there's nothing better for ensuring that those cool draughts are kept at bay.
Summary: Hosts kept at bay by the Uzbek Club's resilient defence
That followed their opening day point against Salford, who were once again kept at bay by Hessey's men in another defensive shut-out.
DRUG resistant bugs can be kept at bay by alternate treatments with more than one antibiotic, research has shown.
In an era of increasing transparency, the Committee's functions are more relevant to ensure corrupt practices are kept at bay, noted Karim in a statement.
But the hosts were kept at bay for most of the night, with Harrison making a couple of good saves to deny dangerman Marko Milinkovic while saving well at the feet of Tomas Jablonsky.
GREENHOUSE pests can be kept at bay by bombarding them with a cocktail of different vegetable smells, research has shown.
As for armed Syrian elements, these would be kept at bay, pending the drafting of a contingency plan aimed at assisting the local population, he retorted.
CAN'T BE KEPT AT BAY Whitley Bay Under-18s (above) won the East Northumberland Youth Divisional Cup by beating Cullercoats 4-1 EXTRA SPECIAL Tyne Valley side Wylam Rockets Under-Nines pictured (above) after winning the Tynedale League Division Two Presidents Trophy by beating Throckley Magpies AC 5-4 with a goal in the final minute of extra time COMING OF AGE Wallsend Under-21s (above) celebrate winning the Charity Shield at North Shields' Darren Purvis Stadium after beating Blyth Town 5-2 with goals from Brad McGlaughlin, John Wears, Daniel MaGuire (2) and Lewis Vines.
Oliver Giroud fired in after just three minutes and Bayern were kept at bay by some fine saves from stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, preferred to fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny.
It can be pushed the limit and still have power to spare, ensuring that no holiday moment goes unmissed and boredom is always kept at bay."