bait

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bait

a preparation containing a palatable food substance such as raw meat, carrot or bran and a pharmaceutical or poisonous substance. The purpose is to introduce the medicament or poison into the unsuspecting animal.
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Drogba's behaviour is inexcusable and he rose to the bait.
SIR Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez rose to the bait yesterday and responded angrily to Jose Mourinho's taunts.
Mary Whitehouse and her army of handbag-wielding busybodies rose to the bait when the Detroit demon produced a sword, which he began to brandish around onstage.