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To send someone a link to 80s pop star Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" video, making them believe that they're gonna see something completely different. The meme originated in 4chan's /v/ (videogame) board, when the official "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" trailer was coming out on the game's website but couldn't be watched due to heavy traffic. Playing a prank on everyone who was reading, an anonymous 4chaner said that the trailer was on YouTube and posted a link to Astley's song. Since then, the Rick Roll has been made countless times, not only on 4chan but on the whole of the Internet.
Matt: You gotta check out this new band, it's awesome! Look, here's the video.

Rick Astley: Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down...

Jake: Arrrgh man, you just Rick Rolled me again!
by Catu February 07, 2008
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When what you think is a link to something you want to see actually directs you to a video of Rick Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up." This is common in the WoW community.
Awww! Rick rolled again, thought this was the new movie trailer.
by Col. Jack O'Neill May 18, 2007
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To post a misleading link with a subject that promises to be exciting or interesting, e.g. "World of Starcraft in-game footage!" or "Paris Hilton blows Busta Rhymes' dick" but actually turns out to be the video for Rick Astley's debut single, "Never Gonna Give You Up". A variant on the duckroll. Allegedly hilarious.
...so instead of getting to beat off to footage of Ann Coulter getting raped by hyenas, I got rickrolled. What a day!
by Pinhead Rebozo May 14, 2007
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an internet phenomenon in which someone provides a link claiming it to be relevant to the topic at hand, only for that link to redirect you to the music video of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."
"you've just been rick roll'd!!"
by deeskweezy August 23, 2008
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To be fooled by a mislabeled video link that takes you to an extremely 80s video of Rick Astley.
The link said it was the latest Jessica Simpson + Zhang Ziyi + Halle Berry sex tape, but I was rick rolled.
by the_urban_akm May 20, 2007
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To disguise a link to a video of Rick Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up." Popularized from excessive use on 4chan and certain Internet gaming forums.
After being rickrolled for the third time that day, Dave was dismayed to find that he had actually learned the words to the song.
by Uncle Steve Mk II May 14, 2007
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