pull someone's leg

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To tease someone; to lead someone on; to goad someone into overreacting. It usually implies teasing or goading by jokingly lying.

Etymology:

  • The phrase, from Scotland, originally meant to make a fool of someone, often by cheating them. One theory is that it derives from tripping someone by yanking or pulling their leg, in order to make them stumble and look foolish.
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

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