pull (one's) leg

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pull (one's) leg

To tease or joke with someone, often by trying to convince him or her of something untrue. Quit pulling my leg, I know there isn't a Hollywood director calling me right now. I love pulling my sister's leg—it's almost too easy to annoy her.
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pull someone's leg

Fig. to kid, fool, or trick someone. You don't mean that. You're just pulling my leg. Don't believe him. He's just pulling your leg.
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pull someone's leg

Play a joke on, tease, as in Are you serious about moving back in or are you pulling my leg? This term is thought to allude to tripping someone by so holding a stick or other object that one of his legs is pulled back. [Late 1800s]
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pull someone's leg

If you pull someone's leg, you tease them about something, for example by telling them something which is not true. Is he serious or just pulling my leg? I'm just pulling your leg, darling. You used to have a sense of humour. Note: You can refer to a joke like this as a leg-pull. A lot of people think this kind of painting is a leg-pull. Note: There are two possible explanations for this expression, although there is no proof for either. One suggestion is that in the past, when someone was being hanged, their friends or family sometimes pulled their legs hard so that they died more quickly and suffered less. Alternatively, the expression may refer to thieves tripping people up before they robbed them.
See also: leg, pull

pull someone's leg

deceive someone playfully; tease someone.
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pull somebody’s ˈleg

(informal) tell somebody something which is not true, as a joke: ‘You came first! You’ve won the prize!’ ‘Really? Or are you just pulling my leg?’ ▶ ˈleg-pulling noun: The news of his engagement was greeted with much leg-pulling by his friends.
See also: leg, pull

pull (someone's) leg

To play a joke on; tease or deceive.
See also: leg, pull
References in classic literature ?
Except that you had told me I should have opined that- that- that you were pulling my legs.
She said: "It wouldn't be the first time that Alan has joked about winning so I thought he would be pulling my leg again.
She'd have been pulling my leg saying, 'You looked horrible in that bit' or 'Your hair was a mess.
I thought someone was pulling my leg when I first heard about it," he said.
I was aghast when I saw a bunch of children dashing round on bikes in the OlympicBMXraces; someone is pulling my leg was my reaction.
My American father-in-law told me that you could hear the corn grow, but I thought he was pulling my leg until he stopped the car one time and I got out and heard the cracking of corn growing in the humid heat of a pitch-black moonless summer night.
He said no, and when I told him "Sauerkraut," he said, "You're pulling my leg.
When I was told the news I thought someone was pulling my leg but now it's sunk in I'm delighted.
When Mark suggests that Conservatives would 'give a fairer deal to students' I think he is pulling my leg again.
Dadley continued: "I thought that someone was pulling my leg when I was first told about it all but Dave Clarke is an experienced official and he only called off the game as a last resort.
Only when I heard the latest bulletin from Molineux did I realise someone was pulling my leg.
Many times, I have visited Welwitschia and posed a question, and she gave me different answers, always pulling my leg," he says.
And some of the obfuscation is so artfully done I thought someone was pulling my leg.
expected almw I thought he was pulling my leg or was just being a wishful thinker.
Her dad Gordon, from Linlithgow, said: "I thought Megan was pulling my leg when she said there was a snake.