noun[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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verb[no object] Falconry
(Of a hawk) beat the wings in agitation and flutter off the perch: the hawks bated and immediately the breeze got in their feathers
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- And if your hawk bates, that's flies off the fist in a temper, you're going to need that hand to help her back on again.
- Its eyes glowed golden, and the hawk bated suddenly.
- When the hawk bated, the volunteer explained that he was mad and provided passive resistance.
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