Posted by ESC on March 30, 2008 at 17:09:
In Reply to: Pulling someone's leg posted by S.A. Mallal on March 30, 2008 at 14:54:
: What are the origin and meaning of the phrase 'Pulling someone's leg?'
There are several theories about the origin. (Search "pull leg" in the archives.) One previous entry:
http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/19/messages/1380.html Regards the meaning, Merriam Webster says, a humorous deception or hoax. I can't think of an example. But it is often a made-up story told to a new employee or a new kid in school.
I think a "snipe hunt" would be an example of a "leg pull." See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snipe_hunt