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play a prank (on one)

To carry out a trick, deception, or practical joke (at one's expense). It turns out that the supposed alien visitors that people had been seeing were just a bunch of teenagers playing an elaborate prank. I've got a great plan to play a prank on the school for April Fools' Day.
See also: play, prank

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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'There are many ways of performing pranks on anyone and impersonating any one's character.
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However, it is April 1 and this could be Xiaomi's April Fools' Day prank. If it is a prank indeed, it's not a very smart one because the company is teasing a product that actually exists.
A teenager from Wisconsin admitted to adding cow tranquilizers in his stepfather's energy drinks, thinking it would be a funny prank.
"We recently announced updates to our policies regarding dangerous challenges and pranks. Challenges that present an apparent risk of death are not allowed on YouTube," an announcement in the platform's community help center said.
Today Android technology is available for people of various ages including children and old age people either literate or illiterate on cheap rates and they are accessing these mobile Apps easily without knowing the misuse and side effects of such pranks.
The pranks could be lighthearted and some end up being extreme, where students get suspended or even expelled.
The two sets of twins have garnered nearly 2 million subscribers and followers combined on YouTube and Instagram by uploading entertaining skits and pranks in the Kingdom and abroad.
Some find all workplace pranks inappropriate, especially in high-risk environments such as a hospital lab.
People who make prank 112 emergency calls will face up to five years in prison or a 10 million won fine ($9,400), police said Sunday.
Under his instructions Huong carried out pranks which involved sneaking up behind people and rubbing her hands on their face, the court heard.
Defence lawyers say the women thought they were playing pranks for a reality TV show, had been paid for playing similar pranks at shopping malls and airports elsewhere in the weeks before the killing and did not know they were poisoning Kim.
Defence lawyers say the women thought they were playing pranks for a reality show and did not know they were poisoning Kim.