tease/mess with somebody

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When I'm joking with someone, can I safely say:"I'm teasing you." or "I'm messing with you."?

Thank you.
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Teasing goes well with joking. I don't feel qualified to comment on messing with since a) I don't use it myself and b) it has a negative meaning in my view and is also more of a slang expression.


    Senior Member
    American English
    As e2efour says, "I'm messing with you" is slang and you'll likely use it with your buddies. It often includes a "just" to soften it: "I'm just messing with you."


    Senior Member
    "Messing with you" might not necessarily mean "teasing". It could be something like deliberately misleading someone and then confessing to it or making someone doubt himself. I wouldn't use it as a synonym of teasing.
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