bullbaiting

bullbaiting

[bool-bey-ting]
noun
the action or sport of setting dogs upon a bull in a pen or arena.

Origin:
1570–80; bull1 + baiting

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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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