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bullbaiting

[boo l-bey-ting] /ˈbʊlˌbeɪ tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the action or sport of setting dogs upon a bull in a pen or arena.
Origin of bullbaiting
1570-1580
1570-80; bull1 + baiting
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  • Five large grey bears had been caught, and fastened in a pen built for the purpose of confining the bulls, during a bullbaiting.

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