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Meaning of "pull someone's leg" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PULL SOMEONE'S LEG

pull someone's leg play
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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PULL SOMEONE'S LEG

pull off
pull on
pull one´s punches
pull one´s socks up
pull one´s weight
pull oneself together
pull out
pull out all the stops
pull over
pull rank
pull strings
pull the plug on
pull the rug out from under
pull the strings
pull the wool over someone´s eyes
pull through
pull together
pull up
pull up stakes
pull wires

WORDS THAT END LIKE PULL SOMEONE'S LEG

a hollow leg
an arm and a leg
cabriole leg
dead leg
fine leg
inside leg
long leg
lower leg
milk leg
pant leg
peg leg
shake a leg
short leg
show a leg
square leg
table leg
trouser leg
white leg
wooden leg

Synonyms and antonyms of pull someone's leg in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PULL SOMEONE'S LEG»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «pull someone's leg» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of pull someone's leg
chaff · deceive · fool · hoax · joke · kid · make fun of · poke fun at · rag · rib · tease · trick · twit · wind up

Translation of «pull someone's leg» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PULL SOMEONE'S LEG

Find out the translation of pull someone's leg to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of pull someone's leg from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «pull someone's leg» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

拉某人的腿
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

tirar de la pierna de alguien
570 millions of speakers

English

pull someone´s leg
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

किसी के पैर खींच
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سحب ساق شخص ما
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

тянуть чью-то ногу
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

puxe a perna de alguém
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কারো পা ধরে টানো
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

tirer la jambe de quelqu´un
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tarik kaki seseorang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ziehen jemand das Bein
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

誰かの足を引っ張る
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

다른 사람의 다리를 당겨
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Narik sikil wong
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

kéo chân của một ai đó
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒருவரின் கால் இழு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एखाद्याच्या पायाला ओढा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

birinin bacağını çekmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

tirare la gamba di qualcuno
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ciągnąć czyjąś nogę
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

тягнути чиюсь ногу
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

trage piciorul cuiva
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

τραβήξτε το πόδι κάποιου
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

trek iemand se been
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

dra någons ben
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

trekke noens ben
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of pull someone's leg

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PULL SOMEONE'S LEG»

The term «pull someone's leg» is used very little and occupies the 154.145 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PULL SOMEONE'S LEG» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about pull someone's leg

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PULL SOMEONE'S LEG»

Discover the use of pull someone's leg in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to pull someone's leg and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Spatial Prepositions and Metaphor: A Cognitive Semantic ...
(Lakoff 1987: 447) The class of imageable idioms includes expressions like kick the bucket, spill the beans, pull someone's leg, stick one's neck out, etc. We shall also come across several imageable idioms (have someone under one's thumb,  ...
Frank Boers, 1996
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The Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography
canonical forms are of course to hold one's tongue and to pull someone's leg.14 When you are entering the canonical form of an idiom with a possessive remember the rule of thumb: to hold one's (own) tongue, and to pull someone ( else)'s leg ...
B. T. Sue Atkins, Michael Rundell, 2008
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Exploring Idioms: A Critical-Thinking Resource for Grades 4-8
Pull. Someone's. Leg. Definition: To trick, kid, or make fun of someone in a lighthearted manner. Background: To pull someone's leg has shadier origins than its definition today. In the late 1800s, it meant to make a fool of someone often by ...
Valeri R. Helterbran, 2008
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美式流行語寶典 1
pull someone's leg leg H* pull someone's leg You're pulling my leg. II Look Closely! pull someone's fiffW l don't believe you. l think you're just pulling my leg. He must have been pulling your leg. How could that happen? Just Do It! Fill in the  ...
佳音事業機構, 2006
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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
Pull the other one. pull out all the stops: see STOP. pull someone's pisser = pull someone's leg. vulgar slang pull the plug prevent something from happening or continuing; put a stop to something. informal o This phrase alludes to an older ...
John Ayto, 2010
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Al Majaz:
... pull one's weight pull out pull over pull punches pull rank pull someone's chain pull someone's leg pull something off pull strings pull the plug (on) pull the rug ( out) from under someone's (feet) pull the wool over someone's eyes pull through  ...
Wahab Alansari, 2005
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What Did You Say? What Do You Mean?: An Illustrated Guide to ...
do. you. mean? I. To pull someone's leg means to tell them something that isn't true, as a joke. People sometimes call this sort of a joke a leg-pull. 2. If someone has their leg pulled, it can also mean that they are being teased about something.
Jude Welton, 2004
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อังกฤษอัพเกรด Idioms ฝรั่งเลือกใช้ คนไทย Update
Pull someone's leg ลอเลนโดยการเลาหรอบอกเรองไมจรง เรองตกใจโดยทําเปน เรองตลก บางคนเลนขงเชอกเพอใหเพอนสะดดลมเปนการลอเลน Tease someone by saying something shocking as a joke If you pull someone's leg you are deliberately trying to ...
กมลวรรณ ต่างใจ, 2008
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A Survey of Modern English
Many expressions have two meanings, a literal and an idiomatic one (e.g. kick the bucket, go to the country, pull someone's leg). In such cases only the context will decide which meaning is intended. In other cases, when a literal reading does ...
Stephan Gramley, Kurt-Michael Pätzold, 2004
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Optimality-theoretic Syntax
The position of the verb in pull someone's leg, for example, is a consequence of the VO character of English. Similarly, the linear realization of beefeater follows the right-hand head rule of English morphology. This suggests that, as long as an  ...
Géraldine Legendre Jane Barbara Grimshaw Sten Vikner

6 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PULL SOMEONE'S LEG»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term pull someone's leg is used in the context of the following news items.
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Lend them your ears: Sunil and Rohan Gavaskar on air
Asked about doing commentary with son, Sunil said: “For a change, I could actually pull someone's legs and get away with it. Generally, when I am doing it at the ... «Daily News & Analysis, Jan 14»
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Know your English -- What is the meaning of 'pussyfoot'?
What is the origin of the idiom 'to pull someone's leg'? ... for several hundred years, and it is mostly used nowadays to mean to tease or play a joke on someone. «The Hindu, Aug 13»
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With new box set, pianist Leon Fleisher celebrates the sounds of a …
Fleisher, whose dry wit is as well-known as his brilliant pianism, broke into a little grin. He is the first to pull someone's leg or poke fun at himself, as he does with ... «Baltimore Sun, Aug 13»
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'Fava Day' celebration raises funds for kids with cancer
Never one to pass up a chance to pull someone's leg with a well-timed joke, Fagundes told Mendonca and the crowd of hungry men that it was Fava Day and ... «The Turlock Journal, May 12»
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Louis Tomlinson's mum on her boy being a troublesome toddler
"From 18 months his eyes were darting round the room to pull someone's leg or have a joke with somebody,” said Johanna. “He used to go to a play group and ... «Sugarscape, Apr 12»
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National Tell A Lie Day: Best Lies Told By US Presidential …
You can pull someone's leg, play a prank, tell a tall tale, or allow a little white lie. But don't go overboard; when you lie about something big, like these guys did, ... «International Business Times, Apr 12»

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