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Another word for bait

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Noun
  1. Something that attracts, especially with the promise of pleasure or reward

    See also:

    like

  2. Something that leads one into a place or situation from which escape is difficult

      1. A contrivance for catching and holding animals, as a concealed pit or a clamplike device that springs shut suddenly.
      2. (Golf) sand trap
      3. A device for sealing a passage against the escape of gases, especially a U-shaped or S-shaped bend in a drainpipe that prevents the return flow of sewer gas by means of a water barrier.
      1. A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.
      2. (Music) A set of chains strung across the bottom of a drum to create a rattling sound.
      3. A kind of trap for small animals, usually consisting of a noose which jerks tight upon the release of a spring trigger
      1. A bait for animals; esp., an artificial one used in fishing
      2. A device consisting of a bunch of feathers on the end of a long cord, often baited with food: it is used in falconry to recall the hawk
      3. Something that tempts or attracts with the promise of pleasure or reward:
Verb
  1. To torment with persistent insult or ridicule

      1. To sit on or in and control so as to move along
      2. To move by way of an intangible force or impetus; move as if on water:
      3. To work or move from the proper place, especially on the body:
      1. To separate tissues by means of one or two needles in the dissection of small parts.
      2. To prick, pierce, or stitch with a needle.
      3. To sew, puncture, etc. with a needle
      1. To reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner:
      2. To make fun of (someone); to goad (a person) into responding, often in an aggressive manner.
      3. To drive or provoke (a person) by taunting
      1. To hunt or chase with or as with hounds; chase or follow continually; nag
      2. To make repeated demands of or subject to persistent criticism:
      3. To pressure or force from a place or situation:
      1. To browbeat; bully
      2. (Intransitive) To behave like a bully; swagger.
      3. To intimidate or dominate in a blustering way.
      1. To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel.
      2. To annoy or harass (a speaker) by interrupting with questions or taunts
      3. To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.
      1. To mistreat or intimidate by bullying.
      2. (Informal, Dial.) To bully, intimidate, or browbeat
      3. To taunt someone
      1. To annoy or harass persistently; pester; nag
      2. To ask or nag (someone) about something in an annoying and persistent way; pester:
  2. To disturb by repeated attacks

  3. To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach

    See also:

    excite

Another word for bait

Noun
  1. See also:

    attraction

Verb
  1. To provide with a lure

      1. To direct or put (a weapon) into position for use; level or direct.
      2. To excite; rouse:
      3. To bear down on or set upon with force; attack vigorously
      1. To defend (a position or area):
      2. To hide or screen from view or knowledge; conceal. Often used with up:
      3. To record or perform a cover of
      1. To provide (what is needed or desired):
      2. To provide something necessary or desired to; equip:
      3. To supply, provide, or equip with whatever is necessary or useful; esp., to put furniture into (a room, apartment, etc.)
      1. To diminish or decline; wane:
      2. To put in a specified position or arrangement; place:
      3. (Botany) To produce, as after pollination:
  2. To torment

      1. (Idiomatic) To bully, harass or make fun of a victim; to bother or harass.
      1. (Informal) To provoke into doing something; goad; prod
      2. To sew or do similar work with a needle.
      3. To sew, puncture, etc. with a needle
      1. To keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot:
      2. To work or move from the proper place, especially on the body:
      3. To continue without interference:
      1. To make angry; enrage or provoke.
      2. To become angry:
      1. To surround with troops; besiege:
      2. To beset, as with difficulties; harass
      3. To harass; beset:
      1. To annoy persistently; bother:
      2. To afflict or harass constantly so as to injure or distress; oppress cruelly, esp. for reasons of religion, politics, or race
      3. To trouble or annoy constantly
      1. To manage to get (along or through) in the face of trials and difficulties
      2. To annoy, bother, harass, vex, etc.
      3. To touch or handle something nervously or persistently:
      1. To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel.
      2. To annoy or harass (a speaker) by interrupting with questions or taunts
      3. To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.
      1. To browbeat; bully
      2. To intimidate or dominate in a blustering way.
      3. (Intransitive) To behave like a bully; swagger.
      1. To annoy, pester, or harass:
      2. To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish.
      3. To annoy, harass, or tease
      1. To extract, identify, or cause to come about. Used with out :
      2. To urge persistently; coax:
      3. To say in a playful or mocking way:
      1. To keep troubling, worrying, etc.
      2. To annoy by continual scolding, faultfinding, complaining, urging, etc.
      3. To scold, complain, or find fault constantly:
      1. To pressure or force from a place or situation:
      2. To hunt or chase with or as with hounds; chase or follow continually; nag
      3. To make repeated demands of or subject to persistent criticism:
      1. To drive with or as with a goad; prod into action; urge on
      2. To prod or urge with or as if with a long pointed stick.
      1. To subject (another) to hostile or prejudicial remarks or actions; pressure or intimidate.
      2. To trouble by repeated raids or attacks, etc.; harry
      3. To trouble, worry, or torment, as with cares, debts, repeated questions or demands, etc.
      1. To annoy or harass persistently; pester; nag
      2. To ask or nag (someone) about something in an annoying and persistent way; pester:
    See also:

    bother

  3. To lure

      1. To bring about deliberately; provoke:
      2. To compose or write out in legal format:
      3. To attract audiences
      1. To get the admiration, attention, etc. of; allure
      2. To arouse or compel the interest, admiration, or attention of:
      3. To cause to draw near or adhere by physical force:
      1. To attract (someone), usually to do something, by arousing hope, interest, or desire:
      2. To attract by offering hope of reward or pleasure; tempt; allure

Synonym Study

  • Ride is colloquial and implies harassment or teasing by ridiculing, criticizing, etc. they were riding the rookie unmercifully from the dugout
  • Torment , in this comparison, suggests continued harassment so as to cause acute suffering tormented by her memories
  • Hector implies a continual bullying or nagging in order to intimidate or break down resistance
  • Heckle denotes the persistent questioning and taunting of a public speaker so as to annoy or confuse
  • To hound is to pursue or attack relentlessly until the victim succumbs he was hounded out of office
  • To badger is to pester so persistently as to bring to a state of confusion or wear down
  • To bait is to harass or goad, as with repeated, unprovoked attacks, insults, or derision, and implies that the persecutor gets malicious pleasure from the act