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Definition of Bait

Bait

  1. Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net.
  2. Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.
  3. A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
  4. A light or hasty luncheon.
  5. To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull.
  6. To give a portion of food and drink to, upon the road; as, to bait horses.
  7. To furnish or cover with bait, as a trap or hook.
  8. To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey.
  9. To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey.

Bait Quotations

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
Mark Twain

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Thomas Jefferson

In day-to-day commerce, television is not so much interested in the business of communications as in the business of delivering audiences to advertisers. People are the merchandise, not the shows. The shows are merely the bait.
Les Brown

When I was a child, my father used to take me for walks, often along a river or by the sea. We would pass people fishing, perhaps reeling in their lines with struggling fish hooked at the end of them. Once I saw a man take a small fish out of a bucket and impale it, still wriggling, on an empty hook to use as bait.
Peter Singer

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
Oliver Goldsmith
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Bait Translations

bait in Dutch is aas, lokaas
bait in Italian is adescamento, esca
bait in Spanish is aliciente, cebo
bait in Swedish is agn (om fisk), bete, hetsa
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