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pull a prank (on someone)

To carry out a trick, deception, or practical joke (against someone). It turns out that the supposed alien visitors that people had been seeing were just a bunch of teenagers pulling a prank on the town. I've got a great plan to pull a prank on the school for April Fools' Day. The fake article had been in print in the renowned scientific journal for more than a week before its author revealed that he had pulled a prank when he decided to submit it.
See also: prank, pull

play a trick on someone

 and play a prank on someone
to do a trick that affects someone. Somebody played a trick on me by hiding my shoes. The little boys planned to play a trick on their teacher by turning up the heat in the classroom.
See also: on, play, trick
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The prank service is a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or a birthday, but better still the service can be used any day of the year and is mailed out ridiculously fast.
Kristen, 42, told the Jimmy Kimmel Live show: "I was a prank caller and I did have cops come to my house once for doing that.
However, he was later contacted by the teenager's father telling him that he was the victim of a prank planned by his son who said he just wanted to have fun.
The angry wife tells the husband that he will have to sleep on the couch for the night for playing the prank in the viral video.
Bay Village, Ohio, police worked to identify the teens who organized the prank, calling their actions "heinous.
LEICESTER -- Even the police enjoy a good prank as long as it doesn't jeopardize public safety, and Police Chief James Hurley said he'd give "an A for effort'' to the prank-playing motorist pulled over by Patrolman Thomas Moughan.
But it is not a prank because it is going to cost Nottinghamshire County Council money to replace it.
Melbourne, August 4 ( ANI ): Liam Hemsworth has revealed that he became victim of a prank while shooting some of his steamiest scenes with co-star Amber Heard in 'Paranoia'.
The incident comes just one day after Rihanna was the victim of a similar prank and two days after more than a dozen police cars and two helicopters swarmed P Diddy's Los Angeles home when they received a hoax phone-call also informing them that someone had been shot inside.
This was a prank that grossly ROW: Our report misfired.
Summary: Canberra: Two Australian radio announcers who made a prank call to a British hospital treating .
Others are rushing to social media platforms to pour scorn, and far worse, on the two people who carried out the prank that resulted in headline news around the world.
Like a big extended family with a tolerant streak running through it, the general membership of the HomeSource Family Charter School voted Tuesday night to keep Stacey Ardueser on the school's board of directors, despite her role in a senior prank in June that shut the school down for a day.
TOP Premier League footballers including Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Mario Balotelli are being lined up to star in a prime-time TV prank show.
com)-- Webelinx has launched a new application that contains the largest collection of funny prank videos for android mobile phones.