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:-
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?