"codding" in the verb sense
1. gull, dupe, slang, befool, cod, fool, put on, take in, put one over, put one across
fool or hoax
"The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"
"You can't fool me!"
2. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride
harass with persistent criticism or carping
"The children teased the new teacher"
"Don't ride me so hard over my failure"
"His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
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