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Posted by The Fallen on January 14, 2002

UK English has many colloquial phrases that signify having a joke at another's expense, or poking fun at someone. A few examples as follows:-

Taking the mickey out of someone
Taking the piss out of someone
Winding someone up

Admittedly we English have a tendency to delight in mockery - many have accused us of having both deprecation and self-deprecation as national characteristics. However, despite this, I've not yet found any acceptable US equivalent for the above - "tease" is not colloquial, and I am sure that "pulling someone's leg" is as old-fashioned as it is over here.

Is there a contemporary equivalent idiom?