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tr.v. red·bait·ed, red·bait·ing, red·baits
To accuse, denounce, or attack (a person, for example) as a Communist or a Communist sympathizer.

red′bait′er n.
red′bait′ing n.


vb (tr)
to harass communists or people with left-wing beliefs



to accuse a person or group of being communistic or communist.
red′bait`er, n.
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Governor Cherry's second big mistake in 1954 was to redbait Faubus on account of his 1935 attendance at Commonwealth College, a socialist institution that had flourished briefly in the Ouachita Mountains near the town of Mena, Arkansas.
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