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take the Michael (out of someone or something)

To tease, mock, or ridicule (someone or something); to joke or kid around (about someone or something). A less common variant of "take the mickey (out of someone)," itself a variant of "take the piss (out of someone)." Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. If you are so serious-minded that you can't take the Michael out of yourself every once in a while, you're going to have a hard time enjoying most of life. It really hurt Steph's feelings to know that the group had been taking the Michael out of her that whole time. Brian was a bit of a troublesome student and tended to take the Michael whenever class began.
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References in classic literature ?
Michael Vanstone, and the sooner you will know what he decides on doing for his brother's orphan daughters.
On the child's death -- if it had only outlived the mother by a few seconds, instead of a few hours, the result would have been the same -- the next of kin to the legitimate offspring took the money; and that next of kin is the infant's paternal uncle, Michael Vanstone.
The wooden door of the tower moved on its rusty hinges under the hand that struck it and Prince Michael came into the room.
Wilson turned quickly on the table, and even as he turned he twisted in agony, for Michael shot him through the body where he sat, so that he tumbled off the table like lumber.
But Black Michael was a fit leader for this band of cutthroats, and, withal held them in fair subjection to his rule.
Whether island or mainland, Black Michael did not know, but he announced to Clayton that if investigation showed that the place was habitable he and Lady Greystoke were to be put ashore with their belongings.
But in her dream he had rent the film that obscures the Neverland, and she saw Wendy and John and Michael peeping through the gap.
Michael, however, yielding to the contagion, sat beside his mother and barked angrily out across the increasing stretch of water as he would have barked at any danger that crept and rustled in the jungle.
And to the Arangi, this hot-white tropic morning, Jerry went on the whaleboat under the arm of his Mister Haggin, while on the beach Biddy moaned her woe, and Michael, not sophisticated, barked the eternal challenge of youth to the Unknown.
On the beach, that night at Tulagi, vainly wondering what had become of the whaleboat, Michael had met the squat, thick, hair- grizzled ship's steward.
Michael had responded coyly with an assumption of dignified aloofness that was given the lie by the eager tilt of his ears and the good-humour that shone in his eyes.
An' in tin minutes' time what'll matter a frozen ear or so to poor Michael Dennin?
Tis a great day for Michael Dennin, an' he's as gay as a lark.
If it may serve to mitigate the liberty I have taken I will add that I am Prince Michael, heir to the throne of the Electorate of Valleluna.
commanded Prince Michael, in so potent a voice that the disturbed one wheeled around with a somewhat chagrined laugh.