pull (someone's) chain

pull (someone's) chain
pull/yank (someone's) chain American & Australian, informal to say or do something that upsets another person, especially because you enjoy upsetting them.

Boy, she really knows how to pull your chain!


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  • pull someone's chain — pull (or yank) someone s chain informal tease someone, typically by leading them to believe something untrue …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull someone’s chain — Go to yank someone’s chain …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pull/yank someone's chain — US informal : to deceive someone in a friendly or playful way I thought he really won the lottery but he was only pulling my chain. [=he was only playing a joke on me] • • • Main Entry: ↑chain …   Useful english dictionary

  • yank someone’s chain — AND 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! □ Do you really think you can just pull my chain whenever you want? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • yank (someone's) chain — pull/yank (someone s) chain American & Australian, informal to say or do something that upsets another person, especially because you enjoy upsetting them. Boy, she really knows how to pull your chain! …   New idioms dictionary

  • jerk someone's chain — pull someone s leg, trick someone, deceive someone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pull — {{11}}pull (n.) personal or private influence, 1889, Amer.Eng., from PULL (Cf. pull) (v.). {{12}}pull (v.) O.E. pullian to pluck or draw out, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Low Ger. pulen remove the shell or husk. Original sense preserved… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pull — 1. verb 1) he pulled the box toward him Syn: tug, haul, drag, draw, tow, heave, lug, jerk, wrench; informal yank Ant: push 2) he pulled the bad tooth out Syn …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • wind someone up — 1 (Brit. informal) Katie was just winding me up: TEASE, make fun of, chaff; informal take the mickey out of, send up, rib, josh, kid, have on, pull someone s leg; N. Amer. informal …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chain pulling — is the act of pulling a cord that activates the train s emergency brakes to stop a train, whether for a genuine emergency or (often) illegally for someone to get on or off the train on the Indian Railway network. [cite… …   Wikipedia

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