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Pull my leg

[ 2011-03-03 10:33]     字号 [] [] []  
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Pull my leg
Nelly Min

Reader's question:

Hey, stop pulling my leg, will you! I don't believe that girl really said she likes me and would like me to take her out.

Could you explain “pull my leg”?

My comments:

Pulling someone's leg means you're making a joke or tricking them.

When someone makes a joke by lying to you and pretending that lie is true, they're pulling your leg. Example: Look, your shoes are untied. Ha! Just pulling your leg.

When you trick a person into believing a lie as a way of making a joke, you are pulling their leg.

Example: Really? That store is closed today? … Don't listen to him. He's just pulling your leg.

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About the author:

Nelly Min is a journalist at the China Daily website.