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To "take the piss" in European English


The phrase "taking the piss" is common in casual European-English.

To "take the piss out of somebody" is to lampoon or mock them.

It is an expression that is not common in the U.S. A good translation may be "pull [somebody's] leg."

"Taking the piss" is also used more broadly to indicate a general disrespect or irreverence expressed in action — "pulling a fast one." Going for a long lunch break on company time is "taking the piss."

The term can be disruptive or confusing in a trans-Atlantic discussion.