take the bait

(redirected from took the bait)

take the bait

To respond to someone's actions or words in the way that they intended. Likened to a fish attempting to eat the bait on a hook. That's just what he wants you to do. Don't take the bait. The undercover officer changed the conversation to the recent burglary, hoping the thief would take the bait and confess.
See also: bait, take
References in periodicals archive ?
The biggest fish I've caught before was a snapper about a foot long and when this one took the bait on the bottom the tug on the line didn't seem much.
A court heard he used bogus profiles to advertise branded clothing and trainers at reduced prices and when customers took the bait he kept their money, sent them nothing then taunted and blocked them when they complained.
As soon as it took the bait and made the initial run, I knew it was a red.
He said: "Me and crew Rich Stapleton were out on Sunday when a blue shark took the bait 50ft underneath the boat.
The Road Warriors' defense was planned to send White to go to his left and when took the bait, Alas timed it perfectly for the steal to preserve his team's 82-81 win on Wednesday.
THE Prince of Wales gladly took the bait when asked to handle a live lobster at a cookery demonstration.
The title "White People" was clearly intended to provoke folks like Fox News' Sean Hannity, who eagerly took the bait.
The reel just squealed when the tope took the bait.
au, Morgan, who took the bait from Lee after a face-off on Twitter, was given a confirmation of Lee's power after receiving his scans following the six-ball session, which left a lasting and painful impression on Morgan, who shared the news on his Twitter feed.
In a statement, Swan said, 'Journalists who should know better blindly took the bait, splashing the word recession all over their headlines and lead paragraphs as though this was some common credible view, These kind of half-cocked misrepresentations about our economy are incredibly reckless.
The Principality never took the bait, thank heavens.
They must have been thirsty, because apparently, every last one of them took the bait.
In the end, Mancini took the bait, snapping Hargreaves up the day before the transfer deadline.
Quinn said: "They were setting him up to try and come and he took the bait.
Quinn claimed: "They (Villa) were setting him up to try and come and he took the bait.