pull someone's leg

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pull someone's leg

To make a playful attempt to fool or deceive someone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pull someone's leg - subject to a playful hoax or joke
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on - be false to; be dishonest with


(leg) noun
1. one of the limbs by which animals and man walk. The horse injured a front leg; She stood on one leg.
2. the part of an article of clothing that covers one of these limbs closely. He has torn the leg of his trousers.
3. a long, narrow support of a table etc. One of the legs of the chair was broken.
4. one stage in a journey, competition etc. the last leg of the trip; the second leg of the contest.
-legged (legid) adjective
a long-legged girl; a four-legged animal.
pull someone's leg
to try as a joke to make someone believe something which is not true. You haven't really got a black mark on your face – he's only pulling your leg.


(pul) verb
1. to (try to) move something especially towards oneself usually by using force. He pulled the chair towards the fire; She pulled at the door but couldn't open it; He kept pulling the girls' hair for fun; Help me to pull my boots off; This railway engine can pull twelve carriages.
2. (with at or on) in eg smoking, to suck at. He pulled at his cigarette.
3. to row. He pulled towards the shore.
4. (of a driver or vehicle) to steer or move in a certain direction. The car pulled in at the garage; I pulled into the side of the road; The train pulled out of the station; The motorbike pulled out to overtake; He pulled off the road.
1. an act of pulling. I felt a pull at my sleeve; He took a pull at his beer/pipe.
2. a pulling or attracting force. magnetic pull; the pull (=attraction) of the sea.
3. influence. He thinks he has some pull with the headmaster.
pull apart / to pieces
to tear or destroy completely by pulling.
pull down
to destroy or demolish (buildings).
pull a face / faces (at)
to make strange expressions with the face eg to show disgust, or to amuse. The children were pulling faces at each other; He pulled a face when he smelt the fish.
pull a gun etc on
to produce and aim a gun etc at (a person).
pull off
to succeed in doing. He's finally pulled it off!
pull on
to put on (a piece of clothing) hastily. She pulled on a sweater.
pull oneself together
to control oneself; to regain one's self-control. At first she was terrified, then she pulled herself together.
pull through
to (help to) survive an illness etc. He is very ill, but he'll pull through; The expert medical treatment pulled him through.
pull up
(of a driver or vehicle) to stop. He pulled up at the traffic lights.
pull one's weight
to take one's fair share of work, duty etc.
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No obstante, esta regla no se sigue de manera rigurosa, EI similares como las analizadas en este estudio se presentan de manera distinta: pull someone's leg no aparece en la entrada de la primera palabra lexica como era de esperar (a no ser que se considere que el verbo pull tiene un significado muy general), sino en la del sustantivo leg (aunque desde pull remite a leg), mientras que rain cats and dogs si que se incluye en la entrada del verbo rain (y desde cat envia a rain).
leg PHR: vb and n inflects = tease 9.2 If you pull someone's leg, you tell them something untrue for a joke which will shock or worry them, but which they will find amusing when they realize it is not true.
Which is to say I'm rubbish at bluffing because every time I try to pull someone's leg at Space Towers it automatically manifests itself, thereby giving the game away, straightaway.