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- (US, transitive) To attack by denouncing as a Communist.
2007 September 9, David Corn, “Collision Course”, in New York Times:
- While Jack Kennedy thrived in the 1950s as a sex-crazed, drug-dependent, ailment-ridden party-boy politician, Bobby, the family’s complicated sourpuss, hooked up with the redbaiting Joe McCarthy, then spun off as a crusading and corners-cutting scourge of labor corruption.
redbait (plural redbait)