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bait

(Harass), verb afflict, affront, aggravate, aggrieve, agitate, agonize, anger, annoy, arouse, attack, badger, be malevolent, be offensive, beset, besiege, bother, browbeat, cause resentment, chafe, compel, deride, detract, discommode, displease, distract, distress, disturb, dragoon, embitter, enflame, enrage, envenom, exasperate, excite, excite innignation, exhort, give offense to, give umbrage to, goad, grate, harry, haze, heckle, hector, hound, impel, importune, incense, incite, incommode, inconvenience, inflame, inflict, infuriate, instigate, insult, intimidate, irk, irritate, macerate, make wrathful, malign, maltreat, menace, offend, oppress, outrage, peeve, perplex, persecute, perturb, pique, plague, prey upon, provoke, pursue, put out of countenance, put pressure on, raid, rankle, rile, rouse, solicit insistently, spur, taunt, tease, terrorize, threaten, torment, trouble, try one's patience, tyrannize, urge, vex, victimize, worry

bait

(Lure), verb actuate, allure, appeal to, attract, befool, beguile, bias, chouse, compel, cozen, decoy, delude, dispose, draw, dupe, enlist, enmesh, ensnare, entangle, entice, entrap, entreat, entreaty, evoke, excite, exert pressure, exhort, forelay, gammon, goad, hold out allurement, impel, importune, incite, induce, influence, inveigle, lead astray, lead into temptation, lobby, persuade, predispose, press, prevail upon, provoke, seduce, snare, stimulate, suborn, swindle, take advantage of, tantalize, tease, tempt, titillate, trap, trepan, trick, urge
Associated concepts: bait advertising, entrapment
See also: badger, bilk, cajole, coax, decoy, ensnare, entice, entrap, harass, harry, hector, incentive, inveigle, lure, mislead, pique, plague, provoke, ruse, seduction, trap
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There's little to be said in favor of that man,” said Natty, while he drew in a perch and baited his hook.
A POLITICIAN seeing a fat Turkey which he wanted for dinner, baited a hook with a grain of corn and dragged it before the fowl at the end of a long and almost invisible line.
One more round and then we will," answered the Prince, who had now baited his trap anew.
A scared man was the keeper; for, having chained the brute to a stake while he drank a stoup of ale at the inn, it had been baited by stray curs, until, in wrath and madness, it had plucked loose the chain, and smitten or bitten all who came in its path.
Whenever it is low water, winter or summer, night or day, they must rise to pick shellfish from the rocks; and the women either dive to collect sea-eggs, or sit patiently in their canoes, and with a baited hair-line without any hook, jerk out little fish.
Not even rats in the wall, for they were starved out, or rather were never baited in -- only squirrels on the roof and under the floor, a whip-poor-will on the ridge-pole, a blue jay screaming beneath the window, a hare or woodchuck under the house, a screech owl or a cat owl behind it, a flock of wild geese or a laughing loon on the pond, and a fox to bark in the night.
Seating myself near the window, a little back from the circle, I called Arthur to me, and he and I and Sancho amused ourselves very pleasantly together, while the two young ladies baited his mother with small talk, and Fergus sat opposite with his legs crossed and his hands in his breeches-pockets, leaning back in his chair, and staring now up at the ceiling, now straight forward at his hostess (in a manner that made me strongly inclined to kick him out of the room), now whistling sotto voce to himself a snatch of a favourite air, now interrupting the conversation, or filling up a pause (as the case might be) with some most impertinent question or remark.
Together they had baited Tublat and teased Numa, the lion.
A heavy swivel-hook, baited with fat salt-pork, was dropped overside; and by the time I had compressed the severed veins and arteries, the sailors were singing and heaving in the offending monster.
The fish was free of the hook, and she baited afresh and dropped the line over.
Meantime the Assistant Commissioner was already giving his order to a waiter in a little Italian restaurant round the corner - one of those traps for the hungry, long and narrow, baited with a perspective of mirrors and white napery; without air, but with an atmosphere of their own - an atmosphere of fraudulent cookery mocking an abject mankind in the most pressing of its miserable necessities.