One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An angry mood.‘he got into a stinking bate’
bad mood, annoyance, irritation, vexation, exasperation, indignation, huff, moodiness, pet, pique, fit of pique, displeasureView synonyms
- ‘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’.
(of a hawk) beat the wings in agitation and flutter off the perch.‘the hawks bated and immediately the breeze got in their feathers’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Its eyes glowed golden, and the hawk bated suddenly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When the hawk bated, the volunteer explained that he was mad and provided passive resistance.’
Late Middle English: from Old French batre ‘to beat’ (see also batter).
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