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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WE'VE DONE IT: Barkisland Under 9s took the Michael Pamment Trophy (back, from left) Dave Weston (coach), Harry Nicholson, Morgan Smithies, Joss Veitch, Henry Craven, Jack Taylor, Tony Nicholson (manager).
He said he had spoken to a member of staff at Manners & Harrison, Melissa Barber, and agreed that if he took the Michael Poole sign down, he could continue to advertise with both agents.
Davy Bonilla quickly realised there was a lack of pace in the one-mile-seven-furlong event and took the Michael Bell-trained gelding into the lead.
Jacko, 44, raised a few smiles as he took the Michael out of himself at the birthday bash thrown by Florida restaurant boss Al Malnik.
Elgin and Montrose both took the Michael as they fought out a 1-1 draw in their bottom of the table clash.
Stable jockey David Casey will be back in the saddle at Cheltenham, having been suspended when Cenkos took the Michael Page International Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick under Jimmy McCarthy.
He even took the Michael out of elderly Eric, who was suffering from so many ailments he was given a stool to sit on.