Bear-baiting



the former practice of setting dogs to fight a captive bear.
Contemporary Examples

It is also true that the New York Post practices the celebrity equivalent of bear-baiting.
Should MSNBC Fire Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir? Lloyd Grove November 22, 2013

Historical Examples

They afford much sport to those inclined for such exercises; but the cruel practice of bear-baiting is discontinued.
Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals R. Lee

Bull-running and bull-baiting was an attraction only rivalled by bear-baiting.
Old Country Inns of England Henry P. Maskell

“Baiting the Bear,” a popular and still played game, has continued since the days of bear-baiting.
The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II) Alice Bertha Gomme

bear-baiting and bull-baiting were prohibited by act of parliament in 1835.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4 Various

He was a rigid puritan “of low morals,” and very fond of bear-baiting.
Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.

But it was not lawful to have bear-baiting, bull-baiting, interludes, and bowling.
The Olden Time Series, Vol. 3: New-England Sunday Henry M. Brooks

By this the whole matter had presented itself to them as an entertainment more diverting than bullfight or bear-baiting.
Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools Various

Butler describes a bear-baiting at length in the first canto of his Hudibras.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4 Various

By this the whole matter had presented itself to them as an entertainment more diverting than bull-fight or bear-baiting.
By order of the company Mary Johnston

noun
(formerly) an entertainment in which dogs attacked and enraged a chained bear

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