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Body idioms - Leg

Introduction

The following idioms are demonstrated by the Teacher in this video:

  1. I'm pulling your leg
  2. It cost an arm and a leg
  3. You haven't got a leg to stand on

Video

Teacher's homework

Have you ever pulled someone's leg? What have you paid an arm and a leg for? Tell me about a time when you haven't had a leg to stand on.

Send me a sentence or two and I'll put my favourite ones on this page

This topic has now closed. Thanks for all your homework.

Nana Taiwan
Last year, we planned a farewell party for our friend who was going abroad for studing. Friend A told us he would handle all of the stuff including place,food, decoration etc. After party A said "let's check all the money we had spent". He showed us a list that the price on it was unacceptable. This price would cost us an arm and a leg. So I checked all the stuff then it turned out the price come up less than he provided. A could not say anything, he hadn't had a leg to stand on. Finally he said "got you, I just pull your leg. this time is on me. ha ha"

Thu Ha, vietnam
I told my parents that I'll study abroad, they were surprised: "That can't be. It cost an arm and a leg. We cannot afford it." They were even more surprised when I said " I am not pulling your leg. I've got a scholarship. I have got a leg to stand on."

Vallin, Brazil
When my daughter was born, everything I’ve bought to look after her, it cost an arm and leg.

SS, Ireland
though i like diamond jewellery but i dont have any because i dont have an arm and a leg for it. my nephew often lies but i have not got a leg to stand on.

Lenka, the Czech republic
I bought a Swiss watch yesterday. It cost me an arm an a leg. Now, I've just found out it's a knock-off. Oh boy, I was ripped off then! Did it really happen? No, I am only pulling your leg.

Elham, Iran
When I was a child I always try to pull my friend's leg. I wanted to be the best so I make amazing stories about unbelievable experiences.Our flat'rent is 700 pounds. it cost an arm and a leg.actually we are paying an arm and a leg for our flat'rent.my previous boss wa so dissolute but i haven't got a leg to stand on.

Su Kyung, Korea
Last week, I told my friend that I got the first place in my class and my friend told me to buy her a meal as I got the first place. I quickly told her that I was just pulling her leg as I knew that it would cost me an arm and a leg to buy a meal for her. However, as my friend wanted to eat something delicious, she told me that I didn't have a leg to stand on.

Shima, IRAN
1- I usually pretend working and no one has not got a leg to stand on. 2- yesterday, i bought a very very beautiful leather high shoes which cost me an arm and a leg.

Shah, Pakistan
Yesterday, I told my friend on phone i have fallen seriously ill and treatment will cost me an arm and a leg and when he asked in which hospital i am i told him i was just pulling his leg.

Saeed, Pakistan
Yesterday , I told my friend that i have forgotten to bring his handouts and when he got angry i told him i was just pulling his legs.

Farzana,Pakistan
Yesterday , I told my friend in class that teacher has appointed me as facilitator for next three days.she got shocked! after a minute i told her I was just pulling her leg

yaqoob,pakistan
yesterday my friend frightened me by suddenly holding me from behind and asking to give him my cell phone. When i took it out he told me haaaaaaaaaa he was just pulling my leg.

samira , pakistan
Sara said to me to not to have a tea because it was too hot but when I left the cup she said ,she was just pulling my leg.

Asifa, Pakistan
Yesterday I told my friend that I will buy a precious necklace for her but it will really cost an arm and leg for me.

Dohee, Korea
He seems to say a lie. But I haven't got a leg to stand on.

Dohee, Korea
The tuition fee costs an arm and an leg.

Luis, Colombia (Studying in London)
The London life cost me an arm and a leg.

Maher, Syria
My Dear Father support me buying a new home, so i have to return his money back to him, so that will cost me arm and a leg

Sandra, Hong Kong
My darling bought me a diamond ring. It cost an arm and a leg.

Phuong, vietnam
I'm a prime minister. hoho, It just pull your leg

Annistein, China
What shall I say, that it cost me an arm and a leg just to buy a birthday present for my sister? But it's true, as you can see, I have emptied my purse to buy her a Teddy Bear.

Dannies
Last weekend I bought an antique furniture.It cost an arm and a leg.

Wanglinhui
I pulled my girlfriend's leg that i had bought an LV for her yesterday even which cost me an arm and leg. My girlfriend thougt i haven't got a leg to stand on, she said, we were together all the day!

MOMIN,PAKISTAN
I bought a dress costing me an arm and a leg which in real was not of the value i paid for, means that a shopkeeper has pulled my leg & upon telling the same to the shopkeeper , he got no leg to stand on.

Marlen, Cuba
I tell everybody that I am on a diet. that`s a lie, because I eat a lot. I`ve never paid an arm and a leg for nothing. sometimes my son tell me lies, but I can`t punish him because I haven`t had a leg to stand on.

Ferial, USA
yeah, most of the time i pull my friends leg because i have a big sense of humor.......................

Rajesch, Germany
and my Boss told me that the repair of his car cost him an arm and a leg. But he didn't show me the bill. I understand, he's just pulling my leg.

Quynh Trang, Vietnam
Hello everybody !! I'm really happy to inform you that I will be a Harvard's student next three months. I had to pass many exams to gain a scholarship to study abroad in USA. I studied so hard. As you know, living expenses in USA cost an arm and a leg. My family hasn't got a leg to stand on. So you can lend me some money to cover it, can't you?? I'm really poor. Oh, you give me $100 million. Thank you!! that's very kind of you because I'm pulling your leg ... hahaha!!!

Huy Dang, Viet Nam
I am used to pulling my girlfriend's leg, when I try to make her fun.Now, I'm studying in an University in America and the school here cost an arm and a leg.When I was surfing some websites and finding some funny stuffs in there, suddently a popup came up with a nude picture, my cousin properly thought that I was watching something was not good, and I hadn't got a leg to stand on.

Ha, Vietnam
Are these English idioms? You aren't pulling my leg, are you? :)

silva, Albania
yes, i did pull my sisters leg when i told her i was going to marry and give up my school. I've paid an arm and a leg for my vacation house by the sea.

Neda ,Iran
Today in Iran new couples can easily buy a new house.you should be so naive to believe it.I was just pulling your leg.it cost an arm and a leg for new couples to buy a house.

Anthony, Vietnam
It cost an arm and a leg for my laptop and fees of Internet to meet an interesting and itelligent teacher like you. Oh i just pull your leg.HeHe.Everyone says that english is my life and i haven't got a leg to stand on !!!!!

Min-Kyung, Korea, Republic of
I have paid an arm and a leg for my Guess jean. It costed 30% of my earning.

Djahida, Algeria
I paid an arm and a leg when I invited my friends to a restaurant to celibrate my new good job.

Djahida, Algeria
yes,I have pulled my boy friend'leg before.I enjoyed looking at him while telling him I have accepted someone's offer of marriage.you can imagine!

Riyad, KSA
I travelled to Mars yesterday, this trip cost my arm and leg. I know you are not believed me, but you haven't got a leg to stand on.

Tram, Vietnam
The other day he said he loved me. I knew he was pulling my leg, so i said, "it will be ok if you have a Farrari to drive me to work every day". He could not afford it, i knew. A Farrari would cost him an arm and a leg. Appearantly, I had not got a leg to stand on. That was just how i pulled his leg.

Abdullah,K.S.A
1-I tell my friend that there is a dog watch, so, I am pulling their leg. 2-I'd like to travel to Greece,but it cost an arm and leg. 3-I have had absent for two days, so, I haven't got a leg to stand on. Finally, thank you for your explanation which was clear. Have a nice day.

Reza, Iran
my new Benz cost me an arm and a leg

Amy, Hong Kong
I bought a new model computer. It cost an arm and a leg.

Tu ti, Vietnam
I told my friend I never want to meet him again. In fact, i just pull his leg. I want him to concern about me much more, challenge his love. It's really mistake. I paid an arm and a leg for my joke (is it right in this situation? or I should say I paid high price). Until now, he haven't yet had a leg to stand on his love to me.
BBC Learning English replies:
In this example it is better to say you paid a high price.

Amina Altabbal, Libya
My studies cost an arm and an a leg or more. Nothing is better than my studying, so I try to be the best......

Abbas, Qatar
1.Sometimes You can loose your friend by pulling his leg.2.My new land crusier cost me an arm and a leg.3.Yesterday my boss agssigned me an important and I forgot to do it on time. When my boss inquired about it I did not have a leg to stand on.

Minh, Vietnam
i buy a new house, it cost an arm and a leg

Bilal Beyoud, Algeria guerrara ghardaia
Well how can i start my story ! i've been working hard during 8 years i paid an arm and a leg after i trust a bad people they let me have not got a leg to stand on !

Niraj Pandey, Nepal
Last year when i decided to finance my studies selling the gold medals, which I acheived for my remarkable academic performance over the five years in my college.That was the moment i think i had paid an arm and leg for my higher studies.

Ama Helal, Egypt
When I was young, I fooled my friend into believing that I was part of the scouts team, but I was just trying to pull her leg. Two years ago, I had to undergo some serious surgery and it was too expensive that it cost my parents an arm and a leg :(. These days I try to convince the court of my plea. Yet, I haven't got a leg to stand on and my solicitor advises me to collect more evidence.

Rasha, Egypt
DEAR TEACHER: I haven`t pulled some one`s leg but really i want to do that one day and I paid an arm and a leg for my first computer which I`m using now, that`s all.

Abusini, UK
my wife nine month pregant, we're preparing the baby stuff - it's so expensive. It cost me an arm and a leg, but we'rr so pleased. This morning my wife call me telling me that she is delivering the baby ...it was a joke she pulled my leg. Any way we did't know if the baby female or male.

Nisreen,Iraq
well,It cost me an arm and leg to reform my front teeth.Although they are not natural teeth, but no one had a leg to stand on and may think they are artificial caps.

liang,China
Sometimes, I try to pull someone's leg because I think I can bring laugh to him or her.

Gak, Pakistan
yesterday my dear friend told me that our friendship has been over but i knew she was only pulling my leg. A few days ago i went shopping and i choosed an ipod but i didn't buy it because it cost an arm and a leg, and last night my sister was using my brother's cell phone and she finished all the balance. But my brother's thinking i was responsible for that but i hadn't got a leg to stand on and that's why i was upset last night.

Majid, Iran
Yesterday I paid an arm and a leg for my wife's ring. it costed me 1200 dollars!

Fatiha, Algeria
Last year I made a journey with my friends to a seaside town. In that time i didn't imagine that it will cost me an arm and a leg. Thank god i had money for that i borrow my friend money to go with us but she didn't give it back to me. She told me that i haven't got a land to stand on but then she laughed and said i am pulling your leg sweety.

Kei
Yeah, I was pulling my friend's leg. I told him that his previous girl friend already had new boyfriend.

Amir,Shahrood,Iran
This monday is mother's day im my country and I have to pay an arm and a leg to buy a gift for my mother.

Maryam,KSA
I Like shopping very much,Last week I go shopping and I destroy my money to buy a Makeup it cost an arm and a leg So, I haven't a leg to stand on to tell my husband how much it cost.

Mina, Iran
My husband was cheating on me. Since I haven't had a leg to stand on, I have to pay an arm and a leg to prove that. Indeed I am pulling your leg. he is a nice guy.

Algeria
i have paid an arm and a leg for my last holiday. i had a great time and the thing i liked most was that i would always pull my friend leg. he accused me of delibertely doing it in front of his girfriend but he has got no legs to stand on

Marina, Germany
I have paid an arm and a leg for an old clothes press, but unfortunately the press was bigger than the door...

Polina, Russia
I paied an arm and a leg for my first mobile phone. It kosted 40 000 rubles.

Nick ,China
yes,i have been pulled my close friend's leg before.It looks like i got a cold response from my friends.The only stuff i have paid an arm and a leg for and i think it deserved is my old fashion computer.That must be the most enbarassment thing what happened on my life ,so i am unable to tell you this.

Olga, Russia
Hello, dear Teacher!!! I would like to tell you my story. Nearly three months ago I was defend my project. Frankly speaking, I had to defend it with my friend but she had fallen ill - so I was alone. At first everything was quite good but when the comission started asking questions - I felt nervous, I couldn`t say even a word and that`s why I wasn`t able to prove that the problem in my project is actual nowdays.In short,I hadn`t got a leg to stand on.

Vu Hieu, VietNam
poor me :-D. I'm poor student & I haven't got anything but i hope I can earn very much money in next year.I'm sure I'll have something it's cost a my arm and my leg.I told with my friend :'I'm going to buy car in the next year' ,after he heard he jumped out his chair and said:'you're crazy'.of course I know I'm not pulling my legs but I haven't got any leg to stand on.I hope my dream become true in coming year.

Paola, Italy
I really don't think he is going to Costa Smeralda on holiday. In my opinion, he is pulling our legs as usual. It will cost him an arm and a leg to spend his holidays there and I'm not sure he can afford that... And how about his wife? I saw her yesterday evening and she didn't say nothing about it... What is more she is bound to give birth to their baby one of these days, so he hasn't a leg to stand on. He just loves telling lies to make other people jealous.....

Muhammed, Egypt
well, last friday i have fought with my friend, i had a sharp blow and my tooth got broken,what makes me feel more bitter that it cost an arm and a leg to replace it by another one in the dentist's clinic,oh listen i am just pulling your leg to loose your natural tooth pains more than you loss your money when i have seen myself on mirror after fight in this bad shape i haven't got a leg to stand on

Ann Okeke, Nigeria
i have not pull someone's leg before but as you ask, i will try to pull my daddy his leg to observer it.

Anna, Poland
hello,I paid an arm and a leg for my first guitar. Actually I couldn't play guitar well but I bought myself very expensive one. Once I told my friends how much I spent on it, they thougt I was pulling their legs.

Lucy, China
A friend of mine , Mary, said to me she quited her job.I knew that she was just pulling my leg because everybody was aware of the difficulty to find a proper and well-paid job in society.In other words, it cost an arm and a leg for her to support herself if she quited her job. Therefore, i said to her you hadnt got a leg to stand on. Finally, she admitted her white lie.

Paola. Italy
I really don't think he is going to Costa Smeralda on holiday. In my opinion, he is pulling our legs as usual. It will cost him an arm and a leg to spend his holidays there and I'm not sure he can afford that... And how about his wife? I saw her yesterday evening and she didn't say nothing about it... What is more she is bound to give birth to their baby one of these days, so he hasn't a leg to stand on. He just loves telling lies to make other people jealous.....

Darshana, Sri Lanka
When I was doing my BSc, I was selected a project topic but I wasn't have much deep detail regarding the project that I was selected. Suddenly, my project coordinator was call me to make appointment to discus regarding the project. At the discussion, I wasn't have a leg to stand on, because he was ask lot of questions but I wasn't have proper understanding regarding my topic. That day I was learn good lessen, " we should know clear understanding what we are going to do otherwise we haven't got a leg to stand on" thank you

Khanh Ngan, Vietnam
You said that you were a very interesting and intelligent man. Can you prove? No, you haven't got a leg to stand on! And this class cost an arm and a leg. So, I decided to stop learning English idioms!!!! But don't worry, I'm just pulling your leg. This class is totally wonderful. Give up learning English idioms? No, that idea is as good as a chocolate teapot and I wouldn't do it for all the tea in China. Thank you for teaching us useful idioms with really funny videos.

Sai, India
when i purchased my mobile i paid an arm and leg for it.at that time my income is not enough.

Adnan, Egypt
1.actually i love to pull my friends legs.because it's a good idea for fun.2.i have paid an arm and a leg for a watch.3.i really haven't had a leg to stend when i want to prove myself a very simple man with some of my friends.

Hellagood, KSA
one of my friends called me the other day.he was tryin to get some information from me about something.he was not aware of the fact that i had already known that he was only pulling my leg.I bought pairs of shoes last week that really cost me an arm and a leg and never thought they were going to be expensive as such.I saw a trial on the TV in which the defendant lost the case as he had not a leg to stand on .

Hassan, KSA
*When my friend was sleeping yasterday I took his car , iam pulling his leg.*I want go to Canada to studing English but,it cost an arm and a leg.*My classmate accused me of taking his wallet,he didn't have got a leg to stand on.

Roll, Kazakhstan
yes of course it was like a game... I have paid an arm and a leg for my car ...there are many such kind of situations , but one of them i remember clearly... as i remember our teacher said to study our Olympiad preparations, but we run away to play computer games... and when he caught us,,,, i haven't had a leg to stand on :)

Abel, Ethiopia
In Ethiopia doing M.A/Msc. is so easy because it is for free.Ha.ha...I am kiding;I am only pulling your leg.It rather costs an arm and a leg and this is why can't still get enrolled for my M.A.in spite of my strong interst.I realy have got a leg to stand on.

Nguyen Trong Hieu, VietNam
Do you know, my sister is a master in cutting papers. She cuts papers into animal, plane, pie, bread, mouse, horse... even The Teacher (ha ha ha ha ha) The paper Teacher is not real, but it is very like him! But, as you know, after we do that work, we left alot of small pieces of paper. Oh, she is a Lie-master. She told mom that I caused that mess, she tried to pull mom's leg to believe that! And, she was successful! I got to clean up her mess, meanwhile, she continued to cut papers! My sister and I always want to go to the supermarket to see toys. Of course, buying is impossible. But do you know, a toy, a very very very beautiful, and intricate toy. But, it costs 100$! With me, that is a fortune! Perhaps I got to pay an arm and a leg for. But I don't do it, because if I do have the money, my parents do not want me to buy those expensive things! One time, I want my parent to buy a toy that cost 10$, but no, I cannot. My parents say that I will destroy it! That's true! So, I haven't had a leg to stand on!

Yeri Ekomunajat, Indonesia
Hello, all of BBC staff and learners of English. I would like to tell you three occasions which provide suitable contexts for the usage of the three idioms using the word legs. The first one is this: One day a friend from Vietnam got annoyed at me when I told him that the price of a used handphone he was interested to buy is 21.000 rupiahs. He opened his wallet to pay for it when I told him that the real price is 2,1 million rupiahs. I had pulled his leg. The second case: Last year I bought a new handphone. It cost Rp. 490.000. It depleted my salary and it cost me an arm and a leg. The third case: My neighbour, a thug, got extremely angry at me until now since I had accused him of stealing my television. I just said what I saw in a dream, but that was not true. I didn't get a leg to stand on.

Winni, China
Dear Teacher, I am a China girl ,so my english is not very well. Maybe there are many mistake in this homework,but i will write to you . At 12 age ,i pulled my mother's leg. That was a summer holiday,i was went home with my mother by train. In the way ,the train was broken ,my mather was very worried.She tell me Keep up with me and not lost. i did that. The visitors got off the train and one by one followed the policemen.

Eriton, Brazil
I've got some Irish friends and I love pulling their legs; well, of course that the opposite also happens, but it doesn't really matter, does it? I'm talking about myself, and so let's make little of MY embarrassing moments.I often talk to them on the net, for which I pay an arm and a leg. Having a good internet connection here in Brazil is still something a bit too expensive. Sometimes I call them, but I try to avoid it, because it often sets me off and I really talk the hind legs off a donkey, and the telephone company loves ripping me off.But now, things are getting harder and harder for our casual banter. My computer is on its legs and shuts down of its own accord, and as I am a down-and-out bloke, calling them every day is completely out of the question... well, I know I should give an end to this, but my stories often have legs... believe me, I'd better stop before you start dozing off...Ciao

Jack, China
A: It costs an arm and a leg.B: Are you pulling my leg? It cannot cost that much.A: You haven't got a leg to stand on.

moeoowau,Myanmar
I told my husband yesterday " I don't care anymore if he is have an affair with other ladies anymore. You can do everything you like". He replied that" are you pulling my leg?Last year, I bought a premium quality diamond earings. It cost an arm and a leg.But now, it's lost.I think my husband sold it and gambled with that money. but I haven't had a led to stand on.

sandryla- saudi arabia
I bought a big and beautiful house . I furnitured it from gold, oh no I am pulling your leg. but it cost an arm and a leg. one of my dresses was stolen and I accused my maid but she said I hadn't got a leg to stand on .

Charmmy, Macao
It is ridiculous, my best friend broke my bike and denied it. It is true and I am not pulling your leg, although I have not got any solid evidence so I haven't had a leg to stand on. It was just not my day, I paid an arm and a leg to get it fixed. How frustrating!

muhammed ,egypt
i have been driving for along time but last monday i had a silly accident,a man riding his bike hit my car's back when i had stopped suddenly, when i heard the crash i haven't got a leg to stand on.the car service manager told me to repair yours,it cost an arm and a leg,he is pulling my leg,

Deemar, Russia
I live in St.Petersburg, and if I'll go to Moscow it would cost me two arms and two legs! HAH, HAH I'm just pulling your leg. I'm very rich and don't care about costs.

Utsav Tiwary, India
I told my sister that my shoes cost me an arm and a leg but i was just pulling on her leg. then she threatened to tell on me to my mother because i was annoying but she hadn't got a leg to stand on.

Rukiye, Turkey
When I was in university my friends liked to pull my leg. Unfortunately i am very easy to beleive to everyone. I am sure they were really enjoy it. I rememebered one day I paid an arm and a leg for free books. Why? Because of they pulled my leg:(

Bamalya, France
Sometimes when I want to scare my little sister and pulling her leg I said that extraterrestrials are coming soon to catch her.

Umair, Pakistan
One day my friend came to me and said the car you are going to buy suddenly cost an arm and a leg, I said you are pulling my leg as you don't have a leg to stand on.

Maria José, Brazil
Five years ago I said for my family that I had intended to learn English, they was thinking she´s pulling our leg. After I was looking for the English class then I saw that it cost an arm and a leg. Anyone of then believe me. Then now they haven´t got a leg to stand on

Ducanh, Vietnam
oh,I have just won in the one million dollar lottery. now,I am a millionaire, I've got a lot of money.if you contact me by calling a number 08.2334.22232,I will immediately send you one thoudsand dollar. hurry up!!!^^heyhey, the fact is that I am pulling your leg.

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