take the bait

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Etymology[edit]

From the metaphor of a fish swallowing a baited hook.

Verb[edit]

take the bait (third-person singular simple present takes the bait, present participle taking the bait, simple past took the bait, past participle taken the bait)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see take,‎ bait.
  2. (figuratively, US) To accept something offered, especially secretly or deceptively, to cause some action by the acceptor.
    They say they need your help in transferring vast sums of money. Every year thousands of people take the bait.

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