leg-pull

noun
as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true
Syn: ↑leg-pulling
Hypernyms: ↑jest, ↑joke, ↑jocularity

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ noun
Etymology: back-formation from leg-pulling
: a deception or hoax usually of a humorous character

always full of jokes and leg-pulls — David Garnett

the … anecdote near the end of the memoir sounds like a final leg-pull — Hugh Kenner

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

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legˈ-pull noun
A good-humoured hoax, bluff or practical joke
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Main Entry:leg

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leg-pull UK US noun [countable] usually singular [singular leg-pull plural leg-pulls] british
a joke, or something that you do to try to trick someone in a funny way
Thesaurus: tricks, pretences and dishonest planssynonym jokessynonym

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leg-pull «LEHG PUL», noun.
Informal. an act of fooling, tricking, or ridiculing; hoax; practical joke: »

He found it hard to persuade them that his call for help was not another leg-pull (New Scientist).

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n. informal a trick or practical joke
Derivatives:
leg-puller n. leg-pulling n.

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ˈleg-pull 7 [leg-pull leg-pulls] noun
a joke played on sb, usually by making them believe sth that is not true

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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|er — «LEHG PUHL uhr», noun. Informal. a person who engages in leg pulling …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • 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 — /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 (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 — noun Etymology: from the phrase to pull one s leg Date: 1915 a humorous deception or hoax …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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

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