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"Jerking my Chain"

Posted by Ed Stansell on October 24, 2002

In Reply to: "Jerking my Chain" posted by paulus on October 24, 2002

: : Surely it has the same origin as the
: : British "Pulling my chain", from lavatorial
: : origins. Is yanking the same as jerking anyway?

: Depends on what your doing. :) But very similar, yes. Perhaps Yanking is an Americanization (Yankees).

I've alway heard that this phrase came from jerking a dog's chain which is very disturbing to the dog. Jerking someone's chain is doing something to purposely upset them. I don't see what plumbing has to do with it.

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