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To Pull Ones Leg

Posted by Braglor on October 06, 2003

To Pull Ones Leg

Meaning: to play a trick on someone

Origin: From the old days in England when people were hung and left to swing in the wind, the poor children would try to pull the hangmen by their leg to get something of value to pop out. Matures would come by and tell the children to leave the dead alone and not to -pull ones leg- as a trick to get something in return for their efforts.