urinating. Not to be confused with "taking the piss" Phrase used it the UK to describe the action of taking advantage of the situation, in particular at work. Taking the piss is a Commonwealth term meaning to take liberties at the expense of others, or to be joking, or to be unreasonable. It is a shortening of the idiom taking the piss out of, which is an expression meaning to mock, tease, joke, ridicule, or scoff. It is not to be confused with "taking a piss", which refers to the act of urinating.
Making fun of something or someone. It's now often used when people take liberties and don't care about the consequences, for instance someone living in a nice house and trashing it or ridings roughshod over neighbours, knowing he won't get evicted by the authorities. "Taking the Mickey" is indeed a sanitised version of the more bladder-related "taking the piss", but only insofar as it assumes ignorance of rhyming slang. Just as no-one would be offended if called a "berk" unless they knew the derivation of the term.
take the piss: [verb - intransitive] to mock, make fun of, kid. Origin: British. Are you taking the piss? Citation from "Episode 1", Misfits (TV), Season 1 Episode 1 () blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site. See more words with the same meaning: British, UK slang (list of). See more words with the same meaning: to. If it is clearly stated in the article that 'taking the mickey' is derived from 'taking the piss' why does the taking the piss link get redirected and not vice versa? Ships taking the piss. I heard from someone that taking the piss came back in the times of ship trade.
piss taking: [noun] the result of someone taking the piss. I can't believe she took my piss taking seriously. See more words with the same meaning: to joke, kid, or jest.