Take-the-bait meaning

(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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Origin of take-the-bait

  • From the metaphor of a fish swallowing a baited hook.

    From Wiktionary