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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ARE you going to let someone yank your chain or will you rattle them by pulling it up and swinging it around your head?
ARE you going to let someone yank your chain, or are you going to rattle them by pulling it up and swinging it around your head?
I'm not going to yank your chain and tell you that all groups gotten with Trail Boss were wonderful.