yank (someone's) chain

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!


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  • yank someone's chain — yank (someone s) chain see ↑chain, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑yank …   Useful english dictionary

  • yank someone's chain — yank (someone s) chain to upset someone. She knows that playing that music really yanks my chain. Related vocabulary: push someone s buttons …   New idioms 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

  • 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

  • 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! …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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

  • yank chain — yank (someone s) chain to upset someone. She knows that playing that music really yanks my chain. Related vocabulary: push someone s buttons …   New idioms dictionary

  • yank chain — yank (someone s) chain see ↑chain, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑yank …   Useful english dictionary

  • yank — (off) vb (of a man) to masturbate. A fairly rare but geographically widespread term. yank (someone around/someone s chain) vb American to mislead, deceive, harass or irritate someone. The image on which the expression is based is that of a… …   Contemporary slang

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