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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old Norse
Origin: beita 'food'

bait

1 noun
     
bait
Related topics: Other Sports
bait1 [singular, uncountable]
1DSO food used to attract fish, animals, or birds so that you can catch them:
We used worms as bait.
The fish wouldn't take the bait.
2 something attractive that is offered to someone to make them do something or buy something, especially when this is done in a dishonest way that tricks people:
Plenty of people took the bait (=accepted what was on offer) and lost their life savings.
3

rise to the bait

to become angry when someone is deliberately trying to make you angry:
Senator O'Brien just smiled, refusing to rise to the bait.

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