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

Examples from the Web for bearbaiting

Historical Examples of bearbaiting

  • By this the whole matter had presented itself to them as an entertainment more diverting than bullfight or bearbaiting.

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    Mary Johnston