labor baiting

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  • Minnesota Guy

    Senior Member
    American English - USA
    It's this definition of bait: to torment, esp. with vicious remarks. Labor here refers to "organized labor," that is, the trade-union movement.

    This opponent accuses Garner of cruelly attacking trade unions and their members.

    It would have been better to use a hyphen ("labor-baiting")--but hyphenation is tricky, even for native speakers!
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