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bait

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noun
  • food or imitation food put on a hook to catch fish or placed in nets, traps, etc to attract prey [Barron]
verb
  • entice, lure, to attack in speech or writing as by derision or insult; to gall or exasperate by repeated wanton attacks [Taisha]
  • harass; tease; torment [Nandigam]

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