take the bait

(idiomatic) To be lured by an offer, flattery, or a provocation into doing something, especially something disadvantageous or dubious.

Example: 1997 Aug. 30, John Kifner, "Thousands Call on City Hall To Confront Police Brutality," New York Times (retrieved 8 May 2015):
  "I would like to first of all commend all of the police officers today. . . . They were in fact at various times provoked, and they didn't take the bait in any way, shape or form."
2011 June 2, Nick Duerden, "Dave Gorman: Games for a laugh," The Independent (UK) (retrieved 8 May 2015):
  "He wanted to have a discussion about creationism. . . . But I didn't want that sort of discussion, and when I didn't take the bait, I think I spoiled the script that had been running in his head."
2011 Dec. 9, Craig Whitlock, "Gen. Martin Dempsey knows how to sing a tune," Washington Post (retrieved 8 May 2015):
  [T]he singing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. . . was pressed by our colleague, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, into demonstrating his reported ability to sing a rendition of the Irish holiday song, “Christmas in Killarney.” The general, improbably, took the bait, and you can now hear it.

English Idioms

English Idioms - Any language is incomplete without the presence or use of idioms. The same is true with the English language. When talk about idiom, it is the phrase, group of words, or saying that has a non-literal (metaphorical) meaning that has become accepted in daily usage. The symbolic representation of idiom is much different from the definition of words present in the phrase or statement. There are a vast number of idioms and they’re utilized much commonly in different languages. According to the estimation, the English language has around 25,000 idioms.

Idioms are not just evolved around the language but they act like the building blocks of the said language and civilization. They also put great intensity to transform the language more dynamic and interesting. Idioms bring out a great illustration to the regular speech. In addition, the also brings a great sense of fun and mystery about them. Why are Idioms difficult to understand? It is mainly due to the meanings. Usually, they create a great hurdle for non-native speakers. It is a reason that idioms’ characteristics make them difficult and strange them to understand for the learners of the English language. What is the difference between idiom and proverb? An idiom is neither a bit of advice nor general truth. However, a proverb is a well-known saying; it represents a piece of advice or general truth.

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