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  • noun Plural form of baiting.


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  • For example, in the "Olden Days," people used to go to bear-baitings.

    The Weird World of Bike Advocacy: Mourning Becomes Electrolux

  • Speaker Pelosi, John Conyers, Carl Levin and their supporters are now close to repeating this destructive exercise with hearings intended to be little more than bear-baitings of the defeated Bush Administration.

    Pelosi's Self-Torture

  • He loved the rough exercises of wrestling, boxing, leaping, and quarterstaff, and frequented, when he could obtain leisure, the bull-baitings and foot-ball matches, by which the burgh was sometimes enlivened.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • So were bear baitings and witch burnings in the Dark Ages.

    Mail Call: A Double Disaster?

  • Not necessarily a very nice audience - the kind that would have gone to cockfights and bear baitings.

    I find my place in nature, and some nice EMT stories.

  • We had bull-baitings, and badger-drawings, and hustings, and prize-fights, and cock-fights; we went to see men hanged; the pillory and the stocks were no empty “terrors unto evil-doers,” for there was commonly a malefactor occupying each of these institutions.

    Letters to Dead Authors

  • I've seen through their baitings -- have remained imperturbably serene and swallowed their studied insults.

    Wings in the Night

  • Out upon him! prig, for my life, prig: he haunts wakes, fairs and bear-baitings.

    The Winter’s Tale

  • He did not really think that Lord Henry would take a boy not yet thirteen to a whorehouse, but he suspected that Lord Henry would know where all the cock-fights, dog-fights, bear-baitings, and less-than-pure masques would be shown.

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • Clerkenwell, a place of public diversion, was famous for its bear and bull baitings.

    The Journal to Stella


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