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The practice of setting dogs on a chained bear.


(ˈbɛərˌbeɪ tɪŋ)

the former practice of setting dogs to fight a captive bear.
bear′bait`er, n.
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Foxhunting belongs in the past along with bearbaiting, cockfighting and dog fighting.
Tradition or not, bullfighting belongs in the history books along with bearbaiting and cock fighting.
While Foreman made peace with Ali and forgave the theatrical bearbaiting, Frazier went to his grave resenting the role of stooge in the Louisville Lip's pre-fight pantomime.
Punning to overthrow the orderly social control of proper names, playing in the mire and throb of preliterate society's margins (from bearbaiting to theatricality to Welshness), Hawkes dismantled forms of "literary" institutionalization that may no longer matter so much to the twenty-first-century's multinational robber barons, as both McLuskie and Griffiths observe; each sees work yet to be done, changes of focus needed in order to extend the Hawkesian spirit and legacy of meaningful contestation.
Teasing an innocent fish with food attached to a lethal hook that goes straight through its mouth so it can be dragged from the water to die slowly gasping for breath is right up there with bullfighting and bearbaiting in my book.
However it was that the actors achieved the effect of Barabas falling into the cauldron, such illusion-making was in keeping with a longstanding tradition of stage trickery that preceded and continued alongside the professional playing that flourished in late sixteenth-century London; indeed, and it is worth reminding ourselves that playing was part of a wider entertainment environment that included bearbaiting and fencing: while we discriminate on cultural grounds between these forms of "play" that existed cheek by jowl on the Bankside, Shoreditch, and elsewhere, spectators enjoyed and experienced these ludic diversions "in the round", as it were.
Like bearbaiting, that takes people away from gainful pursuits, Swetnam is described in the acrostic as a "Seducer of the vulgar sort of men" while Speght also damningly acknowledges that "for the Vulgar sort, which have no more learning then you have shewed in your Booke, it is likely they will applaud you for your paines" (6, 8).
He visited the Potteries Museum at Stoke-on-Trent, revelling in display cases full of bearbaiting, bare fisted pugilists, satirical social commentary, murder scenarios and murderers, well-known personalities and commemorative pieces.
Public hangings, bearbaiting, and even cat burning were popular forms of entertainment.
Not only did she intervene personally to protect bearbaiting against the encroachment of commercial theater in the 1590s, but Laneham's account of the dismemberment of thirteen bears (and the queen's delight with the show) at Kenilworth in 1575 provides the most graphic description of the practice that we have.
37) British colonists brought their dogs to the colonies to compete in the more popular blood sports of the day, bull- and bearbaiting.
One of the reasons I initially changed my mind about this series was that they seem to have dropped the bearbaiting aspect of the show - putting people on just because they were so awful.