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take the piss (out of) (someone or something)

To tease, mock, or ridicule (someone or something); to joke or kid around (about someone or something). Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. If you are so serious that you can't take the piss 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 piss out of her that whole time. Brian was a bit of a troublesome student and tended to take the piss whenever class began.
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take the piss

1. If someone takes the piss out of another person or thing, they tease them or make jokes about them in an unpleasant way. Men will hit each other if one thinks the other is taking the piss out of his car. Note: You can call an instance of this behaviour a piss-take. This is a piss-take of the standard cop movie.
2. If someone takes the piss, they say or do something unreasonable. For them to do what they've done, I think they're taking the piss, really. You want me to have the kids on Friday night? You're taking the piss. Note: `Piss' is a slang word for urine.
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take the piss (out of)

mock someone or something. British
1998 Spectator It must be admitted, however, that any child who tried nowadays to follow my priggish example would, probably rightly, be accused at once of taking the piss.
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take the ˈpiss (out of somebody/something)

(British English, taboo, slang) make fun of somebody/something: He told me he thought I had a fantastic singing voice, but I think he was taking the piss (= he was only joking).Are you taking the piss out of me?
See also: piss, take

take the piss out of someone

tv. to humble someone; to make someone—usually a male—less cocky, perhaps by violence. (Usually objectionable.) You need somebody to take the piss outa you!
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take the piss out of

Chiefly British
To tease or mock (someone).
See also: of, out, piss, take
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She had called her sons to implore them to come to their dying father and wound up, in the play's emotional climax, "taking the piss" out of them.
'We were talking about my job and I said to him 'Jimmy, I'm getting paid for taking the piss now you've done it all your life for nothing!'
The threat of becoming mute will change you forever." It's no wonder why Dan is now not only singing, but also taking the piss out of everything that ruffles his feathers.
I couldn't tell whether it was taking the piss [out of] or enjoying the art."
"We literally spend all day just taking the piss out of each other, insulting each other."
He told the court that on Stephen's Day morning Kennedy, who had been out the previous night, texted Mr Turner saying: "Enough is enough you owe me [euro]50 for months now, I don't want to fall out with you but you're taking the piss now."
"My role is that I have a hundred-odd bosses [the staff] and I need to perform" ''It has finally become plain that the Jockey Club, who were perceived as rich people who were taking the piss, actually did know what they were doing" Hughie Morrison hits out at modern stewarding - "now the 'stipes' run it" - an in particular what he sees as a lack of policing regarding going descriptions ''He was a marvellous man, people really loved him.
"Muse are taking the piss big time by hiding the microphone and basically having a laugh at their expense.
I told him: "You're ***ing taking the piss. I've got my own radio, what do I want one of yours for?
A show featuring "a little stand up, a little chat and a lot of taking the piss".
City councillors, however, not being as stupid as they look (and how could they possibly be?), are scheduled to debate a motion which will bar ''so-called satirists, cynical journalists and assorted smart-arses'' from taking the piss out of this unique occasion.
``Alan and I had been having a couple of drinks at a hotel in Southport one evening, when a few rug by players turned up and started taking the piss.
* Thanks for taking the piss out of Beatlemania with your backing for "The Rutles," the "legend that will last a lunchtime." Only the greatest can spoof themselves so mercilessly, especially in this original rock-music docu spoof (which predated "This Is Spinal Tap").
Furious Wimbledon boss Joe Kinnear will order captain Vinnie Jones to apologise to his team-mates for "taking the piss out of them" when he reports back to the club tomorrow morning.
But in laying down the law and the limits, so to speak, of taking the piss, Carstensen invokes all that is patently absent, spent, or lost.