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bait

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1 something used to attract animals to a hook or into a trap

  • cheese is the traditional bait for trapping mice
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2 something that persuades one to perform an action for pleasure or gain

  • the promise of free vacation is surefire bait to get people to agree to be chaperones for school trips
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bait

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1 to attack repeatedly with mean put-downs or insults

  • I wished the candidates would stop baiting each other and instead address the real issues
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make game of, pick on

2 to lead away from a usual or proper course by offering some pleasure or advantage

  • the investment scheme cunningly baits the greedy and the unscrupulous
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bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound mean to harass by efforts to break down. bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim.
    • baited the chained dog
badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy.
    • badgered her father for a car
heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker.
    • drunks heckled the stand-up comic
hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering.
    • football players hectored by their coach
chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging.
    • chivied the new student mercilessly
hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing.
    • hounded by creditors


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