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take the piss

To ridicule or mock.


  • Possibly from piss-proud. Figuratively, to be piss-proud is to have false pride, thus taking the piss out of is to deflate their false pride, usually through disparagement or mockery. As the piss-proud metaphor became dated, taking the piss out of someone came to refer to disparagement or mockery itself, regardless of the pride of the subject. Eventually the shortened, intransitive form taking the piss became common.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'take the piss':

take the pissAre you takin' the piss? You'll get yer 'ead bashed in.
take the pissEveryone takes the piss out of the bankers these days.
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