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pull a prank (on someone)

To carry out a trick, deception, or practical joke (against someone). It turns out that the supposed alien visitors that people had been seeing were just a bunch of teenagers pulling a prank on the town. I've got a great plan to pull a prank on the school for April Fools' Day. The fake article had been in print in the renowned scientific journal for more than a week before its author revealed that he had pulled a prank when he decided to submit it.
See also: prank, pull

play a trick on someone

 and play a prank on someone
to do a trick that affects someone. Somebody played a trick on me by hiding my shoes. The little boys planned to play a trick on their teacher by turning up the heat in the classroom.
See also: on, play, trick
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In that case, Pierce said, he poured steak sauce over another firefighter who had been strapped into a chair, a prank known as "chairing.
Fuerschbach's supervisor, Tina Marie Tapia, met with other customer service supervisors to plan a prank.
This prank topped last year's poll by London-based serviced office and property specialist, MDA.
A prank call was made by the former 'Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition' housemate Imperial to Salas while she was staying in a friend's condo unit.
The host later uploaded a selfie with SRK on his Twitter account but its not confirm if the picture was taken before or after the prank.
The United States has gotten particularly into the April Fools' Day tradition, with hundreds of companies putting on elaborate pranks each year.
prank, where he tricked the celebrity into thinking that the skyscraper he was in was on fire, before he was rushed to the roof, where a rescue helicopter was waiting with Ramez inside it to announce that this has all been nothing but a joke.
Although the pranks never quite lose their clever charm, they do cost two adults their jobs.
Kristen, 42, told the Jimmy Kimmel Live show: "I was a prank caller and I did have cops come to my house once for doing that.
For the duration of the prank, the 34-year-old was inconsolable.
Furious over the 'religiously offensive' prank, Jones smashed the windscreen of Whelan's car while his partner Kissa Abdullah, took out her anger via Twitter posts where she said that one needs to be sensitive to someone's religious beliefs and this prank was nowhere close to funny.
THIS should make every comedian think twice before playing a prank on an unsuspecting member of the public.
At least two people fell prey to the April fool prank and were killed in Lahore.
A good story is all you need for a good April Fools' prank.
When I was reading this book, every few paragraphs I would giggle out loud at some prank or trickery done, even by a very important person.