leg-pull


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leg-pull

n
informal Brit a practical joke or mild deception

leg′-pull`



n.
an amusing hoax, practical joke, or the like.
[1910–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leg-pull - as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true
jest, joke, jocularity - activity characterized by good humor
Translations

leg-pull

[ˈlegpʊl] Nbroma f, tomadura f de pelo

leg-pull

[ˈlɛgˌpʊl] n (fam) → scherzo
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A stout guy in his 70s, the extended hand greeted me with "Hello, I'm Ron Power and I wanted to meet you." Well, first I looked around to see if there was a "leg-pull" in progress and to sort of gain some wits about me.
This is no wind-up (of the leg-pull variety, that is), there is clearly a huge market out there if the Third World is to join the technological revolution, often in places beyond the reach of conventional electricity and phone lines.
'I took it as a well--meant leg-pull in the spirit of friendly rivalry.'
Was this divine healing or a leg-break that turned out to be a leg-pull? *MERSEYSIDE'S Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is appealing for local firms to get behind its planned record attempt to help promote a new text service.
Here, no laughter, "leg-pull", banter, Here, there is no need to canter, Time means nothing, days are endless, Daily tasks are all done friendless, No!
I must first thank Peter Curtis for pointing out to me that Paul Dixon's query about oil extraction was possibly a 'leg-pull' (Voice of the North, May 27, 15 & 12).
IT'S amazing the number and quality of stars Morecambe and Wise managed to lure on to their show for a massive leg-pull.
He said: "When the letter came through the post telling me I was to receive an MBE, I was sure it was a leg-pull. It took ages for one of my sons to convince me that it must be true.
(Western Mail, July 17) appears to be a leg-pull which did not quite come off.