“Don't tempt me!”

English Lesson: Don't tempt me!

You're on a diet, but you have trouble sticking to it. Someone offers you a cookie. You want to eat it, but you know you shouldn't. You say this.

Don't tempt me!

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tempt (someone)

To "tempt" someone means to offer them something that they want, but probably shouldn't have. Examples of tempting people include:

  • offering someone unhealthy food
  • flirting with someone even though they're already in a relationship
  • offering someone a job that pays more money although they're loyal to their current company

Don't tempt me!

You say "Don't tempt me" when someone offers you something that you want, but you don't think that you should have it:

A: Hey, want to skip class this afternoon and go to the bar instead?

B: Don't tempt me.

"Don't tempt me" means "no", but it also shows that you want to say "yes".

This phrase is useful sometimes. For example, imagine that your friend offers cookies that she made, but they don't look very good. By saying "don't tempt me", you can say "no" without making her feel bad about it.