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yank (one's) chain
To tease one, often by trying to convince them of something that isn't true. Quit yanking my chain, I know there isn't a Hollywood director calling me right now. I love yanking my sister's chain—it's almost too easy to fool her.
yank at someone or something
to pull or tug at someone or something. Please don't yank at the drapery cord. Stop yanking at me!
yank on something
to pull or tug on something. Don't yank on my hair! Yank on this rope to send a signal to the worker on the floor above.
yank someone around
Sl. to harass someone; to give someone a hard time. Listen, I don't mean to yank you around all the time, but we have to have the drawings by Monday. Please stop yanking me around.
yank someone or something apart
1. to pull, tear, or rip someone or something to pieces. Please don't yank the book apart! He yanked apart the book! He threatened to yank his opponent apart.
2. to separate people or things. The teacher yanked them apart. The teacher yanked apart the fighting boys.
yank someone or something around
to pull or jerk someone or something around. Don't yank Billy around so. You'll hurt him! Please don't yank the chairs around. Move them carefully.
yank someone or something away (from someone or something)
to jerk someone or something away from someone or something. He yanked his hand away from the fire. Please yank away that rug from the fire before it gets burned.
yank someone or something into somethingand yank someone or something
to jerk or pull someone or something into something. Mary yanked Sally into the car and sped off. She yanked in the anchor rope and we rowed away.
yank someone or something off (of) somethingand yank someone or something off
to jerk someone or something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) She yanked the coffeepot off the counter and ran upstairs. She yanked off the box lid.
yank someone or something out of somethingand yank someone or something out
to pull or jerk someone or something out of something. Sam yanked the turnips out of the ground one by one. He yanked out the best of the young carrots from the rich soil.
yank someone's chain
Sl. to harass someone; to give someone a hard time. (As if one were a dog wearing a choker collar, on a leash.) Stop yanking my chain! Do you really think you can just yank my chain whenever you want?
yank something off
to pull or jerk off something, such as a piece of clothing. She yanked her jacket off. She yanked off her jacket and threw it on the chair.
yank something up
to pull or jerk something up. He yanked his pants up. He yanked up his pants and threw on his shirt.
pull someone's chain
1. Make someone speak out of turn, as in Who pulled your chain?-It's none of your business. [1920s]
2. Make someone angry, especially deliberately, as in Teenagers really know how to pull their parents' chains. [c. 1960] Both usages allude to the literal sense of chain-pulling, that is, "causing someone to do something, as though activated by a chain."
pull someone's chainor
yank someone's chainAMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you pull someone's chain or yank their chain, you tease them about something, for example by telling them something which is not true. I glared at her, and she smiled. When would I learn to smarten up and ignore her when she pulled my chain? Note: The image here is of someone teasing a dog by pulling the chain that it is tied up with.
pull (or yank) someone's chaintease someone, especially by leading them to believe something that isn't true. US informal
yank somebody’s ˈchain(American English, informal) tell somebody something which is not true, as a joke: Did you mean what you said, or were you just yanking my chain?
Yank means pull something hard, quickly and suddenly.
beat the dummyand beat the meat and beat one’s meat and beat the pup and choke the chicken and pound one’s meat and pull one’s pud and pull one’s wire and whip one’s wire and whip the dummy and yank one’s strap
tv. to masturbate. (Usually objectionable.) Are you going to sit around all day pulling your pud? We heard him in there “choking the chicken,” as the street crowd says.
yank one’s strapverb
See beat the dummy
1. tv. to harass someone. (see also yank someone around.) Stop yanking me!
2. n. a Yankee; a U.S. soldier. (Usually Yank.) I don’t care if you call me a yank. That’s what I am.
3. in. to vomit. Somebody or some animal yanked on the driveway.
yank someone around
tv. to harass someone; to give someone a hard time. (see also jerk someone around.) Please stop yanking me around.
yank someone’s chainand pull someone’s chain
tv. to harass someone; to give someone a hard time. (As if one were a dog wearing a choker collar, on a leash.) Stop yanking my chain, you twit! Do you really think you can just pull my chain whenever you want?
yank someone’s crank
tv. to tease a male sexually. Don’t pay any attention to her. She’s just yanking your crank.
mod. arrested. (Underworld.) Lefty got himself yanked one too many times.