As predicted, the news media (including The Daily Beast) took the bait.
The gang does bait two officers with Noah, but another car comes tearing in and whisks them both away.
The Democratic Governors Association immediately took the bait.
He was the bait in al Qaeda's triple-agent conspiracy that wrecked havoc on the CIA base in Khost in December 2009.
The Frisky took the bait, writing that “If famous works of art had been created today, they might have a whole different look.”
And then she gave him a small thrill by neatly taking his bait.
Robert went out into the garden, and dug some worms for bait.
Next time we'll set the bait higher and not set the trigger so fine.
The waters were full of fish, but they would not take the bait.
Therefore I decided to bait the cage for them this very night—Look!
"food put on a hook or trap to lure prey," c.1300, from Old Norse beita "food," related to Old Norse beit "pasture," Old English bat "food," literally "to cause to bite" (see bait (v.)). Figurative sense "anything used as a lure" is from c.1400.
"to torment or goad (someone unable to escape, and to take pleasure in it)," c.1300, beyten, a figurative use from the literal sense of "to set dogs on," from the medieval entertainment of setting dogs on some ferocious animal to bite and worry it (the literal use is attested from c.1300); from Old Norse beita "to cause to bite," from Proto-Germanic *baitan (cf. Old English bætan "to cause to bite," Old High German beizzen "to bait," Middle High German beiz "hunting," German beizen "to hawk, to cauterize, etch"), causative of *bitan (see bite (v.)); the causative word forked into the two meanings of "harass" and "food offered." Related: Baited; baiting.
"to put food on a hook or in a trap," c.1300, probably from bait (n.). Related: Baited; baiting.