[[t]ˈbɛərˌbeɪ tɪŋ[/t]] n.
the former practice of setting dogs to fight a captive bear
Etymology: 1250–1300 bear′bait`er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • bearbaiting — noun Date: 14th century the practice of setting dogs on a chained bear …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bearbaiting — 1. noun A blood sport in which dogs are set upon a chained bear 2. adjective bloodthirsty …   Wiktionary

  • bearbaiting — n. practice of setting dogs fight a bear that was hunted and captured …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bearbaiting — bear·baiting …   English syllables

  • bearbaiting — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English berebaiting from bere bear + baiting, from gerund of baiten to bait more at bear, bait : the former practice of setting dogs on a chained bear …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hope Theatre — ▪ theatre, London, United Kingdom       London playhouse that served as both a theatre and an arena for bearbaiting and bullbaiting (bearbaiting), located on the Bankside in Southwark in what had been the Bear Garden. Philip Henslowe (Henslowe,… …   Universalium

  • Henslowe, Philip — born с 1550, Lindfield, Sussex, Eng. died Jan. 6, 1616, London English theatre owner and manager. He settled in London before 1577, married a wealthy widow, and became the owner of several theatres, among them the Rose Theatre, which he built… …   Universalium

  • Bear-baiting — is a blood sport involving the baiting of bears.Bear baiting in EnglandBear baiting was popular in England until the nineteenth century. From the sixteenth century, many herds of bears were maintained for baiting. In its best known form, arenas… …   Wikipedia

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