keep something at bay
Meaning: If you keep something at bay, you stop something that could be a problem for you from getting too close or from getting worse.
- We kept the flood waters at bay by building a wall of sandbags around our house.
- A good way to keep your feelings of anxiety at bay is to meditate or do some sort of relaxation technique.
Our company is short of money at the moment so we need to keep certain people at bay, including