Pulling my leg!
Stan: Ricky told me that he'd won the lottery and was moving to Switzerland. I could tell by his smile that he was pulling my leg!
Oliver: Ricky is such a joker. I never know when he is telling the truth!
Pulling my leg - this English idiom means that someone is trying to trick you or play a joke on you.
i have already knew the idiom. i needed much time for remembering it. sounds rather starnge, thought:)
This phrase has an interesting history. In olden days robbers used to pull the legs of unsuspecting victims, to trip them over and steal their valuables. Over time it's evolved into meaning to make a joke of someone, trick someone.
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Its history sounds interesting. ^^ Hehe
It's nice that you can joke with your friends! Your work place sounds fun!
I hope that you pull their legs too sometimes. :)
Apparently, the term originated from capital punishment.
When hanging was used as a deterrent against crime many years ago, it took around 30 minutes for the person to die. A slow painful strangulation :/
If the person was lucky, friends would pull on their legs to speed up the process of death, so inventing the expression 'pulling your leg' .
http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b0105r8x/ about 8 minutes in, hopefully is accessible outside of the UK. If not, you'll just have to take my word for it, haha..
Hah, are you pulling my leg??
Today, I watched a video and I saw an idiom that means "tell a lie": Pull the wool over somebody's eyes. It reminded me of this idiom. Teacher, Is there any difference between these two idioms? :D
It's a similar idiom! Pull the wool over somebody's eyes is to deceive or trick someone. It's a little more serious than pulling my leg - which is more of a joke.
Thank you teacher, hehe. When I read the idiom "pull the wool over somebody'eyes, I imagined of a little cat playing with the wool near by a sad person. :D I don't know why I thought of that. :D