jerk someone's chain
- vbAmericanto irritate, harass, subject someone to minor humiliations. The image evoked is of an animal on a rope or lead being tugged at the whim of its owner.
Contemporary slang . 2014.
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jerk someone's chain — pull someone s leg, trick someone, deceive someone … English contemporary dictionary
jerk\ your\ chain — To tease or needle someone just to get a reaction from her. (ED. Common slang usage.) Don t take him seriously, he s just jerking your chain, trying to get you angry … Dictionary of american slang
joke — 1. noun 1) they were telling jokes Syn: funny story, jest, witticism, quip; pun, play on words; informal gag, wisecrack, crack, one liner, rib tickler, knee slapper, thigh slapper, punch line, groaner 2) playing stupid … Thesaurus of popular words
kid — I noun, informal they have three kids Syn: child, youngster, little one, baby, toddler, tot, infant, boy/girl, young person, minor, juvenile, adolescent, teenager, youth, stripling; offspring … Thesaurus of popular words
resentment — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Feeling of having been affronted Nouns 1. resentment, displeasure, animosity, anger, wrath, indignation, exasperation; pique, umbrage, huff, miff, soreness, dudgeon, acerbity, virulence, bitterness,… … English dictionary for students
yank — (off) vb (of a man) to masturbate. A fairly rare but geographically widespread term. yank (someone around/someone s chain) vb American to mislead, deceive, harass or irritate someone. The image on which the expression is based is that of a… … Contemporary slang
jest — 1. verb I think he s jesting Syn: fool around, play a practical joke, tease, kid, pull someone s leg, pull/jerk/yank someone s chain, have someone on; fun; joke, quip, gag, tell jokes, crack jokes; informal wisecrack 2. noun jests were bandied… … Thesaurus of popular words
chaff — 1. noun 1) separating the chaff from the grain Syn: husks, hulls, pods, shells, bran, shucks 2) the proposals were so much chaff Syn: garbage, dross, rubbish, trash; informal junk, crap … Thesaurus of popular words
mock — 1. verb 1) they mocked her accent Syn: ridicule, jeer at, sneer at, deride, scorn, make fun of, laugh at, scoff at, tease, taunt; informal josh, rag on, pull/jerk/yank someone s chain 2) they mocked the way he speaks Syn … Thesaurus of popular words
sex — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Interaction between the sexes Nouns 1. gender; sexuality; eroticism, sensuality; male, female, masculine, feminine; free love, promiscuity; facts of life, birds and the bees; conjugal rights; Kinsey… … English dictionary for students