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Verb

take the piss

  1. (UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) To ridicule or mock.
    • Are you takin' the piss? You'll get yer 'ead bashed in.
    • Nobody ever takes the piss out of the Irish these days.

Usage notes

  • As this phrase may be found offensive, it is often bowdlerised to take the pee or censored in print as “take the p***” or, less commonly, “take the p—”. A common jocular euphemism is extract the urine, a formal equivalent of the literal meaning of the words.

Derived from the build-up of urine in the bladder puts pressure on the man's prostate gland, resulting in an erection. In the 17th and 18th Centuries, a man who was thought to be unnecessarily arrogant would be described as 'piss-proud'. If you were to ridicule someone for being too 'full of themself', you would 'take the piss' out of them. http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A753527

Miscellaneous Notes

Although I am still currently researching this claim, it is a logical deduction that the phrase "took the pith out" could easily have evolved into "took the piss out" especially when taking into consideration the heavy accent of a Brit or Scotsman of that era.

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