take the bait

take the bait

also swallow the bait
to accept something that was offered to get you to do something I flirted with Kate, teased her some, but she never took the bait. Others tried to focus on our disagreements, but we didn't take the bait and instead talked about what we can do together.
See also: bait, take
References in classic literature ?
When they're lousy it's a sign they've all been herdin' together by the thousand, and when they take the bait that way they're hungry.
Daniel, a second year pupil at St Columba's in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, said: "When I felt something take the bait I was shocked and when I realised it was a shark I couldn't believe it.
But alter these misfires failed, they simply retooled their ideas, removed some of the more outrageously bad science and sent it out there, hoping some school district somewhere would take the bait.