yank chain

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yank someone's chain

Sl. to harass someone; to give someone a hard time. (As if one were a dog wearing a choker collar, on a leash.) Stop yanking my chain! Do you really think you can just yank my chain whenever you want?
See also: chain, yank

yank somebody's chain

also pull somebody's chain
to upset someone She knows that playing that music really yanks my chain.
Related vocabulary: push somebody's buttons
See also: chain, yank