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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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She told police she played three pranks at Phnom Penh airport before flying to Jakarta and then back to Malaysia in early February, Wan Azirul said.
During the trial on Friday, investigating officer Wa Azirul Nizam also said Aisyah told police she was offered money by Ri Ji U, a North Korean posing as a Japanese man called "James," to carry out the pranks.
A woman accused of killing the North Korean leader's estranged half-brother was hired for a prank television show by a suspect wanted by the Malaysian police just over a month earlier, her lawyer told a court on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
The photographer, who's known locally as Arwyn Herald, was the victim of a prank for television series Nigel Owens: Wyt ti'n Gem?
SOCIAL media phenomenon Ben Phillips has made a Scots girl's wish come true by teaming up to prank his long-suffering "bro" Elliot Giles.
Stylish and surreal, Love and Other Pranks by Tony Vigorito is a wild ride through both the past and present.
But everything is under my strict supervision and I spend hours preparing the prank scene to avoid anything going wrong.
Supplies will vary according to your pranks, but there are a few things you'll definitely need.
The author says, "Put simply, pranks are playful critiques within the public sphere and amplified by media.
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Dubai: Arab viewers, usually difficult to reconcile over the merit of a television programme, seem this time remarkably eager to agree that a prank being shown during Ramadan should be taken off the air.
You can also download Dennis & Gnasher's Prank Sticker app today and add some fun to your photos by choosing from more than 100 Beanothemed stickers to slap on your snaps.
But we usually don't like it when pranks pull the police in.
London, July 26 ( ANI ): Sandra Bullock made sure that her co-star George Clooney curbed his pranks while shooting for the upcoming film 'Gravity'.
Indeed, within a year of its launch, the most popular children's program on ABC3 was not Matchbox Productions' much-publicised $12 million drama series but the local version of the reality format Prank Patrol, featuring Australian children carrying out pranks on their unsuspecting peers.