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rattle someone's chain

Slang definitions & phrases for rattle someone's chain

pull someone's chain

verb phrase

  1. To deceive; fool, victimize; pull a fast one: too busy trying to figure out if I had been pulling his chain
  2. To upset someone, esp by teasing or harassing; anger someone: I did not know you can rattle his chain with marvelous results/ He was insecure and sensitive. It was easy to pull his string

[1980s+; probably fr the image of a person who upsets a captive animal by pulling or jerking at its chain]

rattle someone's chain

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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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