leg-pull
noun Etymology: from the phrase to pull one's leg Date: 1915 a humorous deception or hoax

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  • leg-pull — n [C usually singular] BrE a joke in which you make someone believe something that is not true ▪ My first reaction was that this must be a leg pull. →pull sb s leg at ↑pull1 (11) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • leg-pull — n. An attempt to make somebody believe something that is not true, done as a joke. Syn: leg pulling. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leg-pull — leg puller, n. /leg pool /, n. an amusing hoax, practical joke, or the like: The entire story was a hilarious leg pull. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • leg-pull — leg′ pull n. an amusing hoax, practical joke, or the like • Etymology: 1910–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • leg-pull — noun as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true • Syn: ↑leg pulling • Hypernyms: ↑jest, ↑joke, ↑jocularity * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: back formation from …   Useful english dictionary

  • leg-pull — UK / US noun [countable, usually singular] Word forms leg pull : singular leg pull plural leg pulls British a joke, or something that you do to try to trick someone in a funny way …   English dictionary

  • leg-pull — noun (countable usually singular) BrE a joke in which you make someone believe something that is not true see also: pull sb s leg leg 1 (9) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • leg-pull — /ˈlɛg pʊl/ (say leg pool) noun 1. a minor act of deceit; a hoax. 2. a teasing. –leg puller, noun –leg pulling, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • leg-pull — noun informal a trick or practical joke. Derivatives leg pulling noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • leg-pull —  n. Piece of teasing …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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