yank someone's chain

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To tease someone; to lead someone on; to goad someone into overreacting.

So, be careful what you are paying attention to. If it looks like someone is yanking your chain, he or she probably is.

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yank someone's chainUsed other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see yank,‎ chain.
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