- a large or sufficient quantity or amount: He fetched a good bait of wood.
- an excessive quantity or amount.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object) Archaic.
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Origin of bait
OTHER WORDS FROM baitbaiter, nouno·ver·bait, verb (used with object)re·bait, verb (used with object)un·bait, verb (used with object)
Example sentences from the Web for bait
Policing experts said Goodman, 40, used himself as “bait” to lure the rioters away from the Senate chambers.Lawmakers propose Congressional Gold Medal for Capitol officer who led rioters away|Rebecca Tan|January 14, 2021|Washington Post
In later lab experiments, the researchers observed several brown tree snakes using this lasso-like posture when placed inside an enclosure with a wide pole topped with a dead mouse for bait.Brown tree snakes use their tails as lassos to climb wide trees|Maria Temming|January 11, 2021|Science News
Commercial heavy-wire “lift traps” for blue crabs also are available, whereby a bait is placed at the bottom in the center, and the trap is lowered in deeper water with a line tied to it at the top.
Shad, menhaden, mullet, and fish heads and viscera from filleting are ideal crab baits.
Such traps sell for $25 to $50 each and can hold considerable bait and crabs.
He is being baited daily to say, definitively, that he is running.
Still, this is a pretty cool perspective on the sea life that comes out when we drop in a freshly-baited net.
As the country waited with baited breath, national media covered the mission to rescue the miners, stuck 240 feet underground.The Bangladesh Factory Collapse Survivor and More Miraculous Rescues (VIDEO)|Holly Bernal, Ben Teitelbaum|May 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She baited the line and stood on the muddy bank in that outfit.Meghan McCain on Her Grandmother Roberta McCain’s 100th Birthday|Meghan McCain|February 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Another soldier was outed by an Evangelical roommate who had baited him into the revelation.
Floats, or bobs, were made from bits of wood, and the baited hook was allowed to sink ten or twelve feet.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail|Arthur R. Thompson
They still seized the throw-bait that was cast out, but not one of them would take a baited hook.The Rival Campers|Ruel Perley Smith
The recipient fluttered and prinked, and baited another hook; and Ida stole a look at Charley.Alone|Marion Harland
In these mysterious depths fish are supposed to hide, and a baited hook will be stripped of its bait in a few minutes.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
Nasalibut giyud ang kawatan sa gipan-an ug kwarta, They finally caught the thief when they baited him with money.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
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Word Origin for bait
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British Dictionary definitions for bait (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with bait
In addition to the idiom beginning with bait
- bait and switch
- fish or cut bait
- jump at (the bait)
- rise to the bait