from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A comical hoax or practical joke.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An attempt to make somebody believe something that is not true, done as a joke.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true
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Bede may or may not have been right about this facet of Pictish political organisation, but unless his account is an elaborate leg-pull, it was believed when he wrote the Ecclesiastical History in 731 AD.
I've been told that senses are sometimes given to concepts at Oxford after the gates close to visitors; but that may be a leg-pull.
Afterwards we see the funny side of it and their mishap becomes a standing joke; both have to put up with many a leg-pull.
They had set out to have a jolly good leg-pull and I will tell you what happened.
An old leg-pull, to make new boys think that his name was really Chips; the joke was almost traditional.
An old joke — an old leg-pull, and he, of all people, having made so many old jokes in his time, ought not to complain.
The Australian has a habit of pulling his mate's leg, and being on his guard against a leg-pull in return.
It was probably a "leg-pull," or somebody practising his English; but as there was a 1000 to 1 chance of its being sent by some sympathiser in our front, and of the projected
His birthday fell on 1 April and in those homespun times April Fool's Day provided passing annual merriment of schoolboy spoof and larks and leg-pull, during which Foufou was bonnily yo-yoed about after breakfast in a blanket in the bootroom.
That Facebook program started as "a leg-pull intended to puzzle men" but morphed into a good cause, raising awareness for breast cancer.
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