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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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2013 ONE DIRECTION boyband were pranked on fake show Wake Up New Zealand
In September, the mother of the 14-year-old boy who was pranked found a cellphone video of several Bay High School students dumping the bucket of urine and feces on her son's head.
Meanwhile, Romney was also pranked by his staff yesterday, The New York Daily News reports.
Although Athar originally demanded that the episode she was pranked in doesn't go live, she's requested double the original financial compensation once it aired
But if there is indeed anyone who has been pranked by this elaborate scheme is still unknown.
If you didn't laugh out loud at the thought of her being pranked, then you've no choice but to watch the clip right here
A station insider said: "The calls are recorded off air and as soon as it's over, the person being pranked is rung back and let in on the joke.
Step 1: Enter the phone number to be pranked at fartogram.