tv. to harass someone; to give someone a hard time. (As if one were a dog wearing a choker collar, on a leash.) Stop yanking my chain, you twit! : Do you really think you can just pull my chain whenever you want?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition. Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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a chain (usually with a handle at the end) that is pulled in order to operate some mechanism (e.g. to flush a toilet)