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

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take the rise (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 rise 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 rise out of her that whole time. Brian was a bit of a troublesome student and tended to take the rise whenever class began.
See also: rise, take

take the rise out of someone/something

If you take the rise out of someone or something, you make fun of them. Note: The reference in these expressions is to a fish rising to the surface of the water to take the bait. She's always taking the rise out of Paul for being so serious.
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PRIZE-MONEY for the Punchestown festival, which runs from April 26 to 30 this year, will total €2,643,000, an increase of €100,000 on 2015 and taking the rise in purses since 2012 to 32 per cent.
But she repeatedly dodged questions on why he was taking the rise.
I like his stuff but I'm sure he enjoys taking the rise out of the rest of us.
READING the article where Cllr Ridley was taking the rise out of MP Geoffrey Robinson.
6% ahead of the same stretch a year before, taking the rise for the 16 weeks to May 20 to 11.
The thing is, Denny, like all great comedians, has developed the skill of taking the rise out of himself; it makes for genuine talent and prize-winning comedy.
Just hours after Sven's boys were dumped out of Euro 2004, the internet is awash with emails taking the rise out of their very nearly world, sorry, Europe-beating players.
Watford appeared to be taking the rise out of the Bluebirds, claiming in their matchday programme that: Cardiff don't have two leeks to rub together.
Just hours after Sven's boys were dumped out of Euro 2004, the internet was awash with emails taking the rise out of their very nearly world, sorry, Europe-beating players.
From Steve Rowe, via email: "Doncaster Rovers fans have always taken great pleasure in taking the rise out of Dean Windass whenever he played against us.
GMTV star Lorraine Kelly yesterday apologised to male underwear models after taking the rise out of their skimpy pants.
8 per cent in the second quarter of the year, taking the rise to 14.