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bate 1

Pronunciation: /beɪt/

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(also bait)


[in singular] British informal, dated
An angry mood: he got into a stinking bate
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  • Shrieking with simulated frustration, Clarkson flew into a bate, picked up a hammer and smashed his desktop to smithereens.
  • Rusty gets into a bate if left indoors for too long, and the last time his owner disappeared for a session in the pub, he opened a cupboard and ate three packs of biscuits, and chewed the sofa right down to the wood.
  • On the other hand, when you hear of a plan to build a much-needed rail link under your London studios, you fly into a bate and object in writing.


Mid 19th century: from the verb bait 'torment', expressing the notion 'state of a baited person'.

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bate 2

Pronunciation: /bāt/


[no object] Falconry
(Of a hawk) beat the wings in an attempt to escape from the perch: the hawks bated when the breeze got in their feathers
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  • This should obviate the possibility of the hawk getting “hung up” should the leash be over the top of the block when the hawk bates.
  • The leash ring is on the side of the main ring, producing a strong lateral pull when the hawk bates.
  • The ring, seen on the left hand end of the perch in the picture, should run freely from one end of the bow to the other, whichever way the hawk bates and it is almost potentially tangle proof.


Late Middle English: from Old French batre 'to beat' (see also batter1).

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