- the former practice of setting dogs to fight a captive bear.
Origin of bearbaiting
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Examples from the Web for bear-baiting
It is also true that the New York Post practices the celebrity equivalent of bear-baiting.Should MSNBC Fire Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir?
November 23, 2013
There were bull-baiting, bear-baiting, and football on Sunday.The Greatest English Classic
Cleland Boyd McAfee
Bull-running and bull-baiting was an attraction only rivalled by bear-baiting.Old Country Inns of England
Henry P. Maskell
Go not to kill men, as if you went to a cock-fight, or a bear-baiting.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
The next year, again, they are all for Hockley-in-the-Hole and bear-baiting.The Chaplain of the Fleet
Walter Besant and James Rice
Bear-baiting and bull-baiting were prohibited by act of parliament in 1835.
- (formerly) an entertainment in which dogs attacked and enraged a chained bear
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