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leg-pull

[leg-poo l]
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noun
  1. an amusing hoax, practical joke, or the like: The entire story was a hilarious leg-pull.
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Origin of leg-pull

First recorded in 1910–15
Related formsleg-pull·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for leg-pull

Historical Examples

  • 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

leg-pull

noun
  1. British informal a practical joke or mild deception
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