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pull (or yank) someone's chain

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

informal Tease someone by leading them to believe something untrue: he’s just pulling your chain
More example sentences
  • When you can't tell if the tech is dead serious or yanking your chain, it's time to hang up.
  • 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.
  • That should have tipped me off that he was either yanking my chain or wasn't someone to be taken seriously.
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