- 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 baitbait·er, nouno·ver·bait, verb (used with object)re·bait, verb (used with object)un·bait, verb (used with object)
Words nearby bait
Example sentences from the Web for baiting
Open-carry activists are known for baiting cops into on-camera arguments about the Second Amendment and state laws.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic|Brandy Zadrozny|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When you saw it out in Ferguson, there was a baiting going on.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History|Marlow Stern|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Desperate to stand out, some megachurches are baiting Easter crowds with flat-screen TVs, iPads, and Starbucks gift cards.Can’t Fill the House On Easter? Try Handing Out Gadgets|Matthew Paul Turner|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Baiting the trap with part of a fish, he buried it in the snow at a point where the otter must come down the slide to the pool.The Wilderness Trail|Frank Williams
It often begins in baiting the police, and sometimes ends in the overthrow of the government.Mlle. Fouchette|Charles Theodore Murray
This sort of baiting, good-natured though it was, was more than she could bear.The Odds|Ethel M. Dell
She slipped a hand into the pocket of her skirt, paused in the action, and her baiting smile turned to a look of threat.To Him That Hath|Leroy Scott
Let us see what sort of sport the bull-pups make in the baiting of him!Micah Clarke|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for baiting (1 of 2)
Word Origin for bait
usage for bait
British Dictionary definitions for baiting (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with baiting
In addition to the idiom beginning with bait
- bait and switch
- fish or cut bait
- jump at (the bait)
- rise to the bait