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pull (one's) chain

To tease one, often by trying to convince them of something that isn't true. Quit pulling my chain, I know there isn't a Hollywood director calling me right now. I love pulling my sister's chain—it's almost too easy to fool her.
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With a carved leaf pull chain for accent, these lamps will offer woodland inspiration all year long.
To keep the pie shells from forming bubbles, lay a stainless steel pull chain (ceiling fan size) in a coil in the bottom of your unbaked pie shell and bake as usual.
Ashwell's next purchase is a pale marble-based lamp base with a pull chain that's priced at $46.
Inside, a floor lamp's shade was printed with "I'm not sure," its on/off pull chain readily apparent.
Each Light Caress fixture offers a variety of lamps configurations to fit applications; provides a four-position pull chain switch (120V) that initiates sequential control of the indirect and direct lamp compartments; and has a standard antimicrobial finish that supports infection control protocol.
Pull chain switches for speed control that have a broken chain must be brought to a ceiling fan specialist such as CeilingFan.
Otherwise, you can mount a standard switch in a box on the wall outside the closet, or easier yet, mount a pull chain switch ($2 at hardware stores) on the fixture itself.
Westwood Lighting introduces, among other brass and iron lamps, a 58-inch floor lamp in a new Tortoise finish, with a shade of alabaster gilt-edge Belgian pleat and comes with twin on/off pull chain switches.