from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of attempting 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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  • Yes, but it was a rather elegant and graceful bit of leg-pulling if one can in fact pull legs in such a manner.

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  • Fortunately I don't work in an environment that reads The Bookseller online or I suspect I would have been in for a fair old bit of leg-pulling about this byline,

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  • A basic mistake in approaching Donaghy's work would be to assume its emotional core was at odds with its frequent leg-pulling and cod-scholarly tangents.

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  • Atkinson, who mounted a successful campaign in 2004 to water down legislation aimed at criminalising expressions of religious hatred, has returned to the fray to defend the art of gay leg-pulling.

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  • When in fresh company, I would embark on little wanton problems of conduct, observing the impact of this or that approach on my hearers, treating fellow-men as so many targets for intellectual ingenuity: until I could hardly tell my own self where the leg-pulling began or ended.

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  • Franklin told him that his “authority” was a leg-pulling article that Franklin himself had written in one of his newspapers years earlier.

    Alexander Hamilton, American

  • "You hush up your leg-pulling, you old coot," Penny said as she took the fruit from him and carefully wrapped it in a dampened paper towel, then put it in a small cooler with an ice pack.

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  • There was a little quiet leg-pulling but that was all.

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  • Their friendship had survived almost half a century of confiding, bantering, arguing, leg-pulling, rib-poking, and caring.

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