from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A natural fly used as bait, or an artificial fly serving as a lure.
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And when that idea didn't go over so well, he took poor Violet to see her decaying, fly-bait of a corpse, which he had stashed in a crawl space beneath the house.
Or, out of the bright waters, boys and men in the sunshine drew out the fish with shining scales, or lured the trout, with fly-bait, from their hiding places.