bait ( baits plural & 3rd person present) ( baiting present participle) ( baited past tense & past participle )
1 n-var Bait is food which you put on a hook or in a trap in order to catch fish or animals.
2 verb If you bait a hook or trap, you put bait on it or in it.
He baited his hook with pie... V n with n
The boys dug pits and baited them so that they could spear their prey. V n
3 n-uncount To use something as bait means to use it to trick or persuade someone to do something.
also a N
Service stations use petrol as a bait to lure motorists into the restaurants and other facilities..., Television programmes are essentially bait to attract an audience for advertisements.
4 verb If you bait someone, you deliberately try to make them angry by teasing them.
He delighted in baiting his mother. V n
5 If you take the bait, you react to something that someone has said or done exactly as they intended you to do. The expression rise to the bait is also used, mainly in British English.
take the bait/rise to the bait phrase V inflects
When she attempts to make you feel guilty, don't take the bait...
Traducción diccionario Collins Inglés Cobuild
1 allurement, attraction, bribe, carrot and stick, decoy, enticement, incentive, inducement, lure, snare, temptation
2 aggravate (informal) annoy, be on one's back (slang) bother, gall, get or take a rise out of, get in one's hair (informal) get one's back up, get on one's nerves (informal) harass, hassle (informal) hound, irk, irritate, nark (Brit., Austral. & N.Z. slang) needle (informal) persecute, piss one off (taboo slang) provoke, put one's back up, tease, torment, wind up (Brit. slang)
3 allure, beguile, entice, lure, seduce, tempt
Diccionario de inglés sinónimos
with a small bait you catch big fish
avec un petit appât on capture de gros poissons
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