bait

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[Bait]

People who go fishing aren’t the only ones to use bait. When you hold a yard sale, place your best stuff closest to the sidewalk to serve as bait. Bait can be anything from the worms that hide a hook to a stereo that tempts shoppers to stop and browse.

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Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net.

Noun
something used to lure victims into danger

Noun
anything that serves as an enticement

Verb
harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don''t ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"

Verb
attack with dogs or set dogs upon

Verb
lure, entice, or entrap with bait

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v. i.
Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net.

v. i.
Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.

v. i.
A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.

v. i.
A light or hasty luncheon.

v. t.
To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull.

v. t.
To give a portion of food and drink to, upon the road; as, to bait horses.

v. t.
To furnish or cover with bait, as a trap or hook.

v. i.
To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey.

v. i.
To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey.


Bait

Bait , n. [Icel. beita food, beit pasture, akin to AS. b'bet food, Sw. bete. See Bait, v. i.] 1. Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net. 2. Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation. Fairfax. 3. A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment. 4. A light or hasty luncheon. Bait bug (Zo'94l), a crustacean of the genus Hippa found burrowing in sandy beaches. See Anomura.

Bait

Bait, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baited; p. pr. & vb. n. Baiting.] [OE. baiten, beitn, to feed, harass, fr. Icel. beita, orig. to cause to bite, fr. b'c6ta. &root;87. See Bite.] 1. To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull. 2. To give a portion of food and drink to, upon the road; as, to bait horses. Holland. 3. To furnish or cover with bait, as a trap or hook.
A crooked pin . . . bailed with a vile earthworm.

Bait

Bait, v. i. To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey.
Evil news rides post, while good news baits.
My lord's coach conveyed me to Bury, and thence baiting a Newmarket.

Bait

Bait, v. i. [F. battre de l'aile (or des ailes), to flap o flutter. See Batter, v. i.] To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey. "Kites that bait and beat." Shak.

Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net.

To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull.

To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey.

To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey.

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Usage Examples

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.

In day-to-day commerce, television is not so much interested in the business of communications as in the business of delivering audiences to advertisers. People are the merchandise, not the shows. The shows are merely the bait.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

Worldly wealth is the Devil's bait and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun.

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.

Our money is bait money, and bait money is not to be used.

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