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bearbaiting

[bair-bey-ting] /ˈbɛərˌbeɪ tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the former practice of setting dogs to fight a captive bear.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English. See bear2, baiting
Related forms
bearbaiter, noun
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bullbaiting

the setting of dogs on a bear or a bull chained to a stake by the neck or leg. Popular from the 12th to the 19th century, when they were banned as inhumane, these spectacles were usually staged at theatre-like arenas known as bear gardens.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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