bait (v.) Old form(s): baite , bate , bayts
harass, persecute, torment
2H6 V.i.148[Clifford to York] We'll bait thy bears to death
Cor IV.ii.43.1[Sicinius to Brutus, of Volumnia] Why stay we to be baited / With one that wants her wits?
JC IV.iii.28.1[Cassius to Brutus] bait not me
LLL V.ii.629[Princess to all, of Holofernes] how hath he been baited!
Mac V.vi.68[Macbeth to Macduff] to be baited with the rabble's curse
MND III.ii.197[Helena to Hermia, of Demetrius and Lysander] have you with these contrived / To bait me with this foul derision?
R2 IV.i.237[Richard to all] my wretchedness doth bait myself
R3 I.iii.108[Queen Elizabeth to Richard, of herself] To be so baited, scorned, and stormed at
WT II.iii.92[Leontes to and of Paulina] who late hath beat her husband, / And now baits me!
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