Bull baiting

(redirected from Bull-baiting)
Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
the practice of baiting bulls, or rendering them furious, as by setting dogs to attack them.

See also: Bull

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
They will know of the saloon only in the pages of history, and they will think of the saloon as a quaint old custom similar to bull-baiting and the burning of witches.
"Which I meantersay," cried Joe, "that if you come into my place bull-baiting and badgering me, come out!
But on that which was to follow, feats of archery, of bull-baiting, and other popular amusements, were to be practised, for the more immediate amusement of the populace.
He observed: "Sleds sliding on skeetes, bull-baiting (a blood sport, pitting a bull against a dog!), horse and coach races, puppet pays and interludes."
The name Bull Ring referred to the green within Corn Cheaping that was used for bull-baiting.
But in Tudor times, such cruel "sport" was big business in the Midlands and bull-baiting continued well into the mid-1800s.
The first of these to be curtailed were bull-baiting and "throwing at cocks." In part, this was because of the sheer brutality of either setting dogs on bulls or tying cocks to stakes and throwing objects at them.
Of a passionate disposition, he was involved in several duels, was denounced by the military for shooting dead tradesmen in Dublin for bull-baiting, and, as a young man, was liable to getting into 'scrapes with married women'.
Birmingham's street market on that site actually dates back to the Middle Ages and it was a green that was used for bull-baiting that gave the area its name.
A street market had started on the site back in the Middle Ages and a green that was used for bull-baiting gave the area its name.
Parliament enacted laws abolishing lower-class blood sports, such as cock-fighting and bull-baiting, a century and a half before hunting foxes with hounds was finally prohibited by act of Parliament in 2004.
We're kinder to animals (gambling on dogfights, cockfights and bull-baiting used to be hugely popular); kinder to people of different races and ethnicities; generally opposed to slavery; and, by and large, we don't let people beat their wives or children, which is a comparatively new standard.