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English definition of “swallow the bait”

swallow the bait

If you swallow the bait, you completely accept something, especially an offer that is a trick or way of getting something from you.Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
(Definition of swallow the bait from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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