bait


bait
bait1 [beıt] n [singular, U]
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old Norse; Origin: beita 'food']
1.) food used to attract fish, animals, or birds so that you can catch them
We used worms as bait.
The fish wouldn't take the bait .
2.) something attractive that is offered to someone to make them do something or buy something, especially when this is done in a dishonest way that tricks people
Plenty of people took the bait (=accepted what was on offer) and lost their life savings.
3.) rise to the bait
to become angry when someone is deliberately trying to make you angry
Senator O'Brien just smiled, refusing to rise to the bait.
bait 2
bait2 v [T]
[Sense: 1; Date: 1200-1300; Origin: BAIT1]
[Sense: 2-3; Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: beita 'to cause to bite']
1.) to put bait on a hook to catch fish or in a trap to catch animals
2.) to deliberately try to make someone angry by criticizing them, using rude names etc
3.) bear-baiting/badger-baiting etc
the activity of attacking a wild animal with dogs

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  • Bait — Bait, is a luring substance used, e.g., for angling.Bait may also refer to one of the following:* Animal baiting, using dogs to worry or torment a chained or confined animal.* Bait car, vehicle rigged by the police to catch auto thieves. * Bait… …   Wikipedia

  • Bait — (b[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Baited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Baiting}.] [OE. baiten, beit[=e]n, to feed, harass, fr. Icel. beita, orig., to cause to bite, fr. b[=i]ta. [root]87. See {Bite}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bait — BAIT, baiţi, s.m. (inform.) Ansamblu de biţi (de obicei 8) folosit pentru examinarea capacităţii de memorie (3). – Din engl. byte. Trimis de paula, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  bait s. m. (sil. bait), pl. baiţi Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa …   Dicționar Român

  • bait — vb Bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound, ride mean to persist in tormenting or harassing another. Bait derives its implications from its basic reference to the action of dogs set on to bite and worry an animal (as a chained bear, boar, or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Bait — (b[=a]t), n. [Icel. beita food, beit pasture, akin to AS. b[=a]t food, Sw. bete. See {Bait}, v. t.] 1. Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • baiţ — BAIŢ, baiţuri, s.n. Colorant folosit în tâmplărie, în industria textilă, în tăbăcărie etc. – Din germ. Beize. Trimis de paula, 09.03.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  baiţ s. n., pl. báiţuri Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  BAIŢ… …   Dicționar Român

  • bait — bait; bait·tle; cad·bait; pre·bait; …   English syllables

  • bait — ► NOUN ▪ food put on a hook or in a trap to entice fish or other animals. ► VERB 1) taunt or tease. 2) set dogs on (a trapped or restrained animal). 3) put bait on or in. ● rise to the bait Cf. ↑rise to the bait …   English terms dictionary

  • bait — [bāt] vt. [ME baiten < ON beita < Gmc * baitian, caus. of * bitan: for base see BITE] 1. a) to set attacking dogs against [people formerly baited chained bears for sport] b) to attack as such dogs do 2. to torment or harass with unprovoked …   English World dictionary

  • Bait — (b[=a]t), v. i. [F. battre de l aile (or des ailes), to flap or flutter. See {Batter}, v. t.] 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bait — [n] something for luring allurement, attraction, bribe, come on*, drag, enticement, inducement, lure, seducement, shill, snare, temptation, trap; concept 709 bait [v1] lure allure, attract, bedevil, beguile, draw, entice, fascinate, lead on,… …   New thesaurus


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