red-bait

verb, often capitalized R
\ ˈred-ˌbāt \
red-baited; red-baiting; red-baits

Definition of red-bait 

transitive verb

: to subject (a person or group) to red-baiting

intransitive verb

: to engage in red-baiting

Other words from red-bait

red-baiter noun often capitalized R

First Known Use of red-bait

1938, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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