• WordNet 3.6
    • n baiting harassment especially of a tethered animal
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n baiting The act of worrying a chained or confined animal with dogs.
    • n baiting The act of worrying and harassing; persistent annoyance.
    • n baiting The act of halting on a journey for rest and food for either man or beast.
    • n baiting The act of furnishing a trap, hook, etc., with bait.
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  • Edmund Spenser
    Edmund Spenser
    “Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.”
  • Ovid
    “Always have your hook baited, in the pool you least think, there will be a fish.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.”


Fish or cut bait - (USA) This idiom is used when you want to tell someone that it is time to take action.


In literature:

About twelve o'clock in the day our guide Hans having prepared and baited a hook, cast his line into the subterranean waters.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
He had been trying to lure a strong-jaws out of its traphole with hooked bait, then his foot had slipped.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
Then they run spend it fast as they can go for fool-bait.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The fishing rod and the bait were easy matters.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Show them bait and they will follow; especially will they follow swimming bait.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
So I use this rag for bait.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home" by Laura Lee Hope
However, if we're to go fishing we'll have to dig some bait.
"The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island" by Laura Lee Hope
But if I did not bait the hooks, what then?
"Old Man Savarin and Other Stories" by Edward William Thomson
For purposes of poisoning them I used to buy donkeys at a dollar apiece and cut them up for bait.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
On our trip to-day, we found a bear trap, made of heavy logs, the lid arranged to fall when the bear entered and touched the bait.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty

In poetry:

And mutual fear brings peace,
Till the selfish loves increase:
Then Cruelty knits a snare,
And spreads his baits with care.
"The Human Abstract" by William Blake
The hellish furies lie in wait,
To win my soul into their pow'r;
To make me bite at ev'ry bait,
And thus my killing bane devour.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Till in a pit death-baited,
Where Huns with Maxims waited,
He plunged . . . and there, blood-sated,
To death he stabbed his way.
"Kelly Of The Legion" by Robert W Service
Would you blame him, when you draw from me
Your dainty robes aside,
If he with gilded baits should claim
Your fairest as his bride?
"A Double Standard" by Frances Ellen Watkins
In vain some sweet-voiced querist sought
To sound him, leaving as she came;
Her baited album only caught
A common, unromantic name.
"A Sea Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I smell the bait, I feel the harm
Of corrupt ways, and take th' alarm.
I taste the bitterness of sin,
And then to relish grace begin.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Fishermen call them pogeys or bunker, often using them as bait to entice stripers to their lines.
A study of decision-making while masturbating might sound like troll bait for people who think the government spends too much money on science.
Woman says she was baited by matchmaking service, found a criminal instead of a catch.
If you want to catch a big marlin, you'd better use a big bait.
The good ol' backup of live bait – minnows and crawdads – will also do well.
Every season, more new baits are introduced compared to the previous season.
Just last year, Pure Fishing introduced about 1,000 new or modified baits.
Next morning, simply open the bottle cap and pour the minnows into your bait bucket.
It usually leads to cheap uplift and Oscar-bait performances, and there's something problematic about its implicit themes.
He didn't take the bait.
Lure / Bait used: Bait Shumway clip and go quick strike Rig.
Eddy Beers of New Jersey holds what is believed to be the largest musky caught in the St Lawrence Seaway in the past 50 years, according to Dave Berger, former owner of the 1000 Islands Bait Store.
My dad and I were trolling and I started to feel something tug at my bait.
They teamed up to land this impressive, 42 1/2 -inch northern pike on a yellow and white spinner bait.
Sadly, too many indie filmmakers take the bait, with the latest victim being Corked.

In science:

In addition, many biological networks are naturally bipartite, such as the protein interaction network from yeast, where the two types of nodes are bait proteins and prey proteins, and the human disease network of diseases and their pathogenicity genes.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
One represents the bait proteins and the other represents the prey proteins.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
An edge links a prey protein to a bait protein if the prey protein binds to the bait one.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
Here Ci is the concentration of the “bait” protein and the threshold threshold”, i.e.
Protein abundances and interactions coevolve to promote functional complexes while suppressing non-specific binding
Unlike the interactions from the DIP, those interactions are inherently directed since one protein is always labeled as bait and other as prey (in many cases this labeling is unrelated to the actual experimental roles of the proteins).
ppiTrim: Constructing non-redundant and up-to-date interactomes