yank (one's) chain

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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.
See also: chain, yank

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?
See also: chain, yank

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.
See also: chain, yank
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But he really can't get out of the country, though he desperately wants to leave, and his decision to live like a free man gives his watchers the pretext to yank his chain by arresting him whenever they feel like it.
After the third night of this, some of the other boys and I collaborated to yank his chain.
For me, he's become a bit like the teacher you most like at school: someone who you know is acting in your best interests, challenges and stretches you, doesn't let you yank his chain but also praises you when you deserve it and who, consequently, you'd really rather not disappoint.