pull/yank someone's chain

Definition of pull/yank someone's chain

US, informal

  1. :  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

  1. :  to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force

    :  to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly

    :  to strain abnormally

  1. :  the act or an instance of pulling

    :  a draft of liquid

    :  an inhalation of smoke

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

    :  to pull or extract with a quick vigorous movement

    :  to remove in or as if in an abrupt manner

  1. :  a strong sudden pull :  jerk

  1. :  some person :  somebody

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

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

    :  a measuring instrument of 100 links used in surveying

  1. :  to obstruct or protect by a chain

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

    :  fetter

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a brief usually trivial fact

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