bearbaiting

[ bair-bey-ting ]
/ ˈbɛərˌbeɪ tɪŋ /

noun

the former practice of setting dogs to fight a captive bear.

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Origin of bearbaiting

First recorded in 1580–90; see bear2, bait (in the sense “to set dogs upon for sport”), -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM bearbaiting

bearbaiter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bearbaiting

bear-baiting

noun

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