baited / bated

baited / bated
   Baited usually refers to traps: Baiting deer in order to hunt them is illegal in most states.
   Bated is seldom used but means "reduced, abated": Jessica waited with bated breath for news of her success.

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  • baited / bated —    Baited usually refers to traps: Baiting deer in order to hunt them is illegal in most states.    Bated is seldom used but means reduced, abated : Jessica waited with bated breath for news of her success …   Confused words

  • bated breath —  not baited. Bated is a cousin of abated and so implies something that is withheld …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • bated breath — If someone says they re waiting with bated breath, they re very excited and find it difficult to be patient.( Baited breath is a common mistake.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • baited — c.1600, furnished with bait, pp. adj. from BAIT (Cf. bait) (n.). Hence, in a figurative sense, exciting, alluring (1650s). For bated breath see BATE (Cf. bate) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bated — adjective (in phr. with bated breath) in great suspense. Origin C16: from the past participle of obs. bate restrain , from abate. Usage The correct phrase is with bated breath not with baited breath …   English new terms dictionary

  • bated, with - breath — I can t get this fish hook out of my mouth! said Tom, with baited breath …   English expressions

  • with bated breath — if you wait for something with bated breath, you feel very excited or anxious while you are waiting. His name wasn t by any chance, Max Peters? Helena asked with bated breath. We were waiting with baited breath for the prizes to be announced …   New idioms dictionary

  • with baited breath — misspelling of with bated breath …   Useful english dictionary

  • Baile Atha Cliath —  Gaelic for Dublin. baited breath is wrong; breath is bated …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • bait, bate —     Robins exploits were listened to with baited breath (Mailon Sunday). Unless Robins listeners were hoping to catch fish, their breath was bated. The word is a cousin of abated …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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