As the country waited with baited breath, national media covered the mission to rescue the miners, stuck 240 feet underground.
She baited the line and stood on the muddy bank in that outfit.
God has his ways of evening out the score—and one waits with baited schadenfraude and trembling.
Another soldier was outed by an Evangelical roommate who had baited him into the revelation.
She baited a line for herself, dropped it in, and everyone else did the same thing.
And I found that it could be baited and mellowed only by a liberal tip.
Then, as Ellinwood rowed slowly, Code paid the baited trawl-line out of the tubs.
"That ought to fetch them," she said, eying the baited line with an air of satisfaction.
The trap had been baited for us, and it was well that we had not walked into it.
Having thus set and baited his trap, he proceeded to spring it.
"food put on a hook or trap to lure prey," c.1300, from Old Norse beita "food," related to Old Norse beit "pasture," Old English bat "food," literally "to cause to bite" (see bait (v.)). Figurative sense "anything used as a lure" is from c.1400.
"to torment or goad (someone unable to escape, and to take pleasure in it)," c.1300, beyten, a figurative use from the literal sense of "to set dogs on," from the medieval entertainment of setting dogs on some ferocious animal to bite and worry it (the literal use is attested from c.1300); from Old Norse beita "to cause to bite," from Proto-Germanic *baitan (cf. Old English bætan "to cause to bite," Old High German beizzen "to bait," Middle High German beiz "hunting," German beizen "to hawk, to cauterize, etch"), causative of *bitan (see bite (v.)); the causative word forked into the two meanings of "harass" and "food offered." Related: Baited; baiting.
"to put food on a hook or in a trap," c.1300, probably from bait (n.). Related: Baited; baiting.