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Bait, vb., 1) to allure by a bait: “to b. fish,” Merch. III, 1, 55. Metaphorically: “do their gay vestments his affections b.?” Err. II, 1, 94.
2) to make alluring by putting on a bait: “O cunning enemy, that, to catch a saint, with saint dost b. thy hook,” Meas. II, 2, 181. “b. the hook well, this fish will bite,” Ado II, 3, 114. cf. “fine-baited,” Wiv. II, 1, 99.
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