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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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