pull someone's leg

This page is about the idiom pull someone's leg.

Meaning: If you pull someone's leg, you play a joke on them by saying something that isn't true.

For example:

  • I was just pulling Karl's leg when I said Marissa wanted to go out with him, but he believed me and he called her. And now they really are going out!

  • Joe was just pulling your leg when he said he was going spaghetti picking. Spaghetti doesn't really grow on trees, Sally.

Quick Quiz:

They were just pulling your leg when they said the United Nations was going to

a. help educate poor kids

b. ban all languages except English

c. have a meeting about global warming

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Contributor: Matt Errey