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bearbaiting

[bair-bey-ting]
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noun
  1. the former practice of setting dogs to fight a captive bear.

Origin of bearbaiting

1250–1300; Middle English. See bear2, bait(def 10), -ing1
Related formsbear·bait·er, noun
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bear-baiting

noun
  1. (formerly) an entertainment in which dogs attacked and enraged a chained bear
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