bait


bait
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 bull). Both in this and in extended use it suggests wanton cruelty or malicious delight in persecution
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the diversion of baiting an author has the sanction of all ages— Johnson

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Badger is more specific than bait. Basically it suggests the baiting of a badger that has been trapped in a hole or barrel and can neither escape nor adequately defend itself from attack; in reference to persons it implies pestering or persecuting that drives the victim into a hopelessly confused or frenzied state of mind
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badger a witness being cross-examined

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the mill foreman so taunted the workers, so badgered them and told them that they dared not quit— Sinclair Lewis

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Heckle implies persistent questioning of a speaker (as a candidate for election, a legislator discussing a bill before the house, or a person advocating or condemning a movement or cause) and an attempt to bring out his weaknesses or to destroy the effect of his argument. It suggests an intent to harass and confuse a speaker by frequent interruptions and by inconvenient or embarrassing questions
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the advocates of any unpopular cause must learn to endure heckling

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infuriates some of his fellow Justices by heckling lawyers who appear before the Court— Sat. Review

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Hector always carries a suggestion of bullying and implies a spirit-breaking scolding or maddeningly domineering treatment
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we are . . . not to be hectored, and bullied, and beat into compliance— Fielding

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they had hard times when they were little . . . and were hectored and worried when they ought to have been taking some comfort— Stowey Chiv

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and hound both stress relentless chasing and pursuing.
Chivy, however, often also suggests teasing or annoying past the endurance of the victim
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having seen two successive wives of the delicate poet chivied and worried into their graves— Conrad

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Hound implies persistent and long-continued persecution till the tormentor's end is achieved or the victim acknowledges himself defeated
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he was hounded by reporters until he made his stand known

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grandfather had been hounded out of his congregation because he couldn't hold her to their standards of behavior for a minister's wife— Mary Austin

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Ride implies persistent goading or spurring (as by unfair criticism, ridicule, or onerous impositions)
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a hard taskmaster rides those who serve him

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he was ridden so hard by the coach that he was no longer fit to remain on the team

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Analogous words: *worry, annoy, harass, harry: torment, rack, torture, try, *afflict
bait n *lure, snare, trap, decoy
Analogous words: allurement, attraction (see corresponding verbs at ATTRACT): enticement, temptation (see corresponding verbs at LURE)

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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 — (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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