from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The practice of setting dogs on a chained bear.

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  • n. A blood sport in which dogs are set upon a chained bear
  • adj. Bloodthirsty.


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bear +‎ baiting.


  • A profound boom shook the bearbaiting den, flinging Rytlock backward against the half-wall.

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  • Rytlock then grabbed Logan and hoisted him in the air, ramming his back against the bearbaiting post.

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  • You could use the same argument for allowing smoking in restaurants and on public transport, cars without seatbelts, bearbaiting, slavery etc - but I some doubt that most people would now want to reverse those improvements.

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  • Oh damn, the bearbaiting/NJ Shore quip was the best remark this year!

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  • Once you start tossing around the word “terrorist” to describe opponents of dogfighting, bearbaiting, etc., the only people who will side with you are those who already agree with you.

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  • I had the sense that if my fellow students had lived in earlier times they would have enjoyed such wholesome sports as bearbaiting or watching gladiators fight to the death.

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  • It brings to mind Lord Macaulay's statement, "The Puritan hated bearbaiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators."

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  • Because bull - and bearbaiting were popular sports at the time, bull market came to mean the opposite: a market with rising prices.


  • He jousted; watched cockfights and bearbaiting; played chess, dice, and cards; and enjoyed archery and tennis.

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  • Early in his life, James had developed a fondness for bull- and bearbaiting.

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