Word of the Day – April 13, 2012

bait (verb)


to tease or goad, so as to provoke a reaction

Children are merciless — as much in what they expect as in what they offer. Not only will they bait unmercifully a schoolmaster who lacks the power to discipline them, but they lavish the most fantastic and unreasonable adorations. The utmost bond of lover and mistress is less than the comprehension a boy expects from a schoolmaster whom he has singled out for worship.
James Hilton     July 1938

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