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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.
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vb (tr)
to harass communists or people with left-wing beliefs
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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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In the southeastern Pacific, Soviet trawling occurred on the Nazca and Salas y Gomez Ridges for mackerel (Trachurus murphyi) and redbaits (Emmelichthys spp.), mainly in the 1970s but sporadic exploratory fishing also occurred in the 1980s (Clark et al., 2007; Galvez, 2009).
Similarly, when SNCC began to move in more radical directions after Freedom Summer, it was redbaited and donations declined from liberal groups, who were trained in the lock-step anticommunism of the era.
As it was, she edited the Timber Worker, without the credit of being the editor, until she was redbaited out.
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But the two organizations never had a close relationship, and, after World War II, the URWEA redbaited Local 65 out of the international.
Such a view was particularly held by former Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) staffer Jack O'Dell, who by 1963 had become a contributing editor for Freedomways after being redbaited out of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s organization.