Definition of pull (or yank) someone's chain in US English:

pull (or yank) someone's chain

phrase

informal
  • Tease someone by leading them to believe something untrue.

    • ‘Or are you just yanking my chain to see how I'll react?’
    • ‘For all I know, you're some kind of hacker, or somebody I know who is yanking my chain.’
    • ‘I've let this slander pass, because I think the audience realizes he's just yanking my chain, and because he was also kind enough to invite me to guest host the show.’
    • ‘When you can't tell if the tech is dead serious or yanking your chain, it's time to hang up.’
    • ‘But if I find out you've been yanking my chain, it will get very unpleasant.’
    • ‘It was after being caught speeding while trying to get my wife to her compulsory speed awareness course that it struck me: the police were yanking my chain.’
    • ‘I only hope they weren't just pulling my chain when they took my info, that's all.’
    • ‘Centre Manager Tim Campbell said he was delighted when the congratulatory letter arrived, although at first he suspected someone was pulling his chain.’
    • ‘But the IMF, still bailing out Indonesia, has yanked the government 's chain, delaying until May the next $400 million loan payment.’
    • ‘That should have tipped me off that he was either yanking my chain or wasn't someone to be taken seriously.’
    make fun of, poke fun at, chaff, make jokes about, rag, mock, laugh at, guy, satirize, be sarcastic about
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