pull/yank someone's chain

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pull/yank someone's chain

US, informal
: to deceive someone in a friendly or playful way : play a joke on someone
  • I thought he really won the lottery but he was only pulling my chain.

Word by Word Definitions

yank play
  1. : to pull on something with a quick vigorous movement

  2. : to pull or extract with a quick vigorous movement

  3. : to remove in or as if in an abrupt manner

  1. : a strong sudden pull : jerk

  1. : yankee

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

chain play
  1. : a series of usually metal links or rings connected to or fitted into one another and used for various purposes (such as support, restraint, transmission of mechanical power, or measurement)

  2. : a series of links used or worn as an ornament or insignia

  3. : a measuring instrument of 100 links used in surveying

  1. : to obstruct or protect by a chain

  2. : to fasten, bind, or connect with or as if with a chain


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