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Pulling your leg

Posted by Jo Seaman on March 31, 2010 at 17:22

Regarding the phrase 'pulling your leg'. Have recently been on a ghost walk in my home city. We were informed that the phrase referred to when hanging took place. It did not always cause the persons neck to break and therefore they would be in agony. If the executioner was kindly he would pull on the persons legs to put the person being hanged out of their misery. Is this correct?