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[leg-poo l] /ˈlɛgˌpʊl/
an amusing hoax, practical joke, or the like:
The entire story was a hilarious leg-pull.
Origin of leg-pull
First recorded in 1910-15
Related forms
leg-puller, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Heaven knows who invented the story, but it sounds like a "leg-pull," which had got out of hand and spread like a disease.

    The Story of Our Submarines

    John Graham Bower
  • The Australian has a habit of pulling his mate's leg, and being on his guard against a leg-pull in return.

    Letters from France

    C. E. W. Bean
British Dictionary definitions for leg-pull


(Brit, informal) a practical joke or mild deception
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for leg-pull



The act of deceiving or fooling someone; put-on: the wisecrack and the gag, the leg pull and the hotfoot (1915+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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