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    to bait somebody

    I know that "to bait" means "to lure", but could it mean "to provoke", "to attack" in these contexts?

    "I don't get where you're coming from. Are you trying to bait me? You said the album sucked, and it had no hype. What are you trying to tell me?"

    "It seems a bit like Fox is trying to bait Ron Paul with their questions, but are absolutely defeated in their purpose by his absolute sincerity."

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    Re: to bait somebody

    Yes, provoke, but not attack.

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