play a joke on

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v play a joke on deceive somebody "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"
    • v play a joke on subject to a playful hoax or joke
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Quotations

  • Edgar Watson Howe
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    “You may easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue -- agree with him.”

Usage

In literature:

Farmer Green played a great joke on his flock of sheep.
"The Tale of Snowball Lamb" by Arthur Bailey
If any one plays a joke on you, you're offended, and you try to get even.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
He told me to do everything Uncle Ezra wanted me to do, and then, when I helped Uncle Ezra to play a joke on Pa, he was mad.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
Any joke that you can take turns at having played on you is fair, but when you combine against the weak, you become a monopoly, or a trust.
"Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy 1899" by George W. Peck
He woke up then with a comical look of surprise, as if some one were playing a joke on him.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
Did they play a joke on yer?
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
She is playing a practical joke now on these people, leading them to believe that her chaff is wit.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
A practical joke had been played on the Chancellor!
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
I guess it was just somebody playing a joke on you.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
Then why had he played such a sorry joke on a woman who had never injured him?
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
You see, dear woman, you've not only played a joke on the public; you've played a joke on them.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
Somebody's playing a joke on me.
"The Boy Scouts in the Blue Ridge" by Herbert Carter
Somebody was playing a joke on you!
"Sam, This is You" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
I'll play a joke on him.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
Even if he did play a good many jokes on them, they were not mean, vicious jokes.
"The Child's Book of American Biography" by Mary Stoyell Stimpson
I was afraid that someone had played a joke on me.
"Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery" by Joan Clark
I was just playing a joke on you.
"Earth Alert!" by Kris Neville
He knew there couldn't be any joke this time, because Mr. Robin had invited him, and Mr. Robin wouldn't play a joke on anybody.
"The Hollow Tree and Deep Woods Book" by Albert Bigelow Paine
The Schrandeners began to think these strangers must be playing off a joke on them, and burst into extravagant laughter.
"Regina or the Sins of the Fathers" by Hermann Sudermann
I vote we play a joke on the school.
"The Jolliest Term on Record" by Angela Brazil
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In news:

Amid all the jokes and pranks being played on April Fool's Day, it's nice to take a moment and remember that there are still plenty of videos of cute animals.
With that being said you eat lunches together from time to time and even play a joke or two on each other.
(Fans joke that the play actually dates back to Shakespeare's day: In "Hamlet," an acting troupe puts on a show called "The Mouse-trap ," which the Danish prince declares "a knavish piece of work.
Howie is a bit upset for a practical joke played on him by BJ and Jamie last Friday.
In today's world we need something to laugh at and nothing makes me laugh harder than playing a cool practical joke on the ones I love.
The mystery centers on Clarissa, a diplomat's young wife who enjoys playing practical jokes on her friends and family.
Video that's going around of a hubby who plays a joke on his wife.
' No joke, my first time was on a couch while 'Top Gun' was playing in the background.
A pair of Denver police officers fired last month for a practical joke they played on a colleague nearly three years ago are appealing their discipline.
Someone is playing a joke on me.
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer jokes to hide from a serve of French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he asks a ballboy to play for him during an exhibition match held at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 8, 2012.
It looks like someone play a cruel joke on us.
Two Denver police officers have been fired by the city for a 2010 incident where they tried to play a practical joke on a fellow officer, CBS Denver reports.
So, this happened late last week: Dr Pepper posted a dumb joke on Facebook—a visual parody of the infamous 1965 "March of Progress" evolution illustration, with Dr Pepper playing a.
Buzz plays a practical joke on Steve, have the Magic players quit on Dwight Howard, a girl who eats only chicken McNuggets is rushed to the hospital and Liverpool FC pulls the Manchester sweep.
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