One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the fish let go of the bait’
lure, decoy, fly, troll, jig, plug, teaser
2‘was she the bait to lure him into a trap?’
enticement, lure, decoy, snare, trap, siren, carrot, attraction, draw, magnet, incentive, temptation, allurement, incitement, inducement
1‘the other boys revelled in baiting him’
taunt, goad, provoke, pick on, torment, torture, persecute, badger, plague, harry, harass, hound, tease, annoy, irritate, get someone's back up
informal hassle, needle, give someone a hard time, wind up, nark
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