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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
1570-1580
1570-80; bull1 + baiting
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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