take the Michael (out of someone or something)

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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.
See also: of, take
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TAKING THE MICHAEL Moeen Ali is the toast of his team-mates after claiming the wicket of Aussie skipper Michael Clarke
TAKING THE MICHAEL Hector could be back in a Dons shirt
Yet the PM still seems to be taking the Michael out of them.
The final score was 5-2 to the Coldstream Guards taking the Michael Sweeney Memorial Cup.
JOHN OSMOND, director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs' think tank, was dismissive of the Taxpayers' Alliance last week when they suggested that some AMs were taking the Michael with their expenses.
He seems just the same, but he has always saved his best for the track and at home you're never sure whether he is taking the Michael or he is getting old.
The aim of broadening human knowledge is worthy but examples like these are taking the Michael out of a publicly-funded education system that was once the envy of the world.
Leeds United,West Ham,Wolves and Leicester are going to be coming to the Withdean thinking we're taking the Michael.
As long as the action goes ahead, Bound can give Lucy Wadham a notable triumph by taking the Michael Page Marketing Handicap Hurdle.
But the Kents are really taking the Michael because they carry out no royal engagements and have a pounds 3.
And the high-flying singer still had no problems in camping it up and taking the Michael out of himself on the old classic Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Which makes this Chancellor the George who is really taking the Michael.
Even at that young age we wondered if someone was taking the Michael but we duly wrote a letter to Mr Cosy telling him of all things happening at home.
However, we must condemn Stephen for so obviously taking the Michael, and I dare say the local magistrates will probably be less than amused and only too happy to do so.
Therefore, I'm taking the Michael Bell-trained TAPER TANTRUM to confirm placings, especially as it was his seasonal debut and will come on for the outing.