play hooky

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play hooky

to fail to attend school or some other event. Why aren't you in school? Are you playing hooky? I don't have time for the sales meeting today, so I think I'll just play hooky.
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play hooky

to stay away from school without permission Any kid who's not in school at this time of day must be playing hooky.
Usage notes: sometimes refers to staying away from a job or avoiding a duty: I decided to play hooky from work so I could go to the ballgame.
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play hooky

  (American & Australian informal)
to stay away from school without permission Any kid who's not in school at this time of day must be playing hooky.
See also: play

play hooky

Be absent from school or some other obligation without permission, as in It was such a beautiful day that Herb played hooky from work. In this term, the noun hooky may have come from the phrase hook it, meaning "escape." [Mid-1800s]
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play hooky

(...ˈhʊki)
tv. to not go to school; to not keep an appointment. I played hooky today and did not go to work.
See also: play
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Hooky and The Complete Stone Roses play there on December 1.
New Order's accomplishment is that the members of the band - Hooky, Bernard Sumner, (known as Barney), Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert - have stayed together despite being involved in various surrogate projects: Bernard with Electronic, Hooky with Monaco and Revenge, and Steve and Gillian with The Other Two.
Mils "We know how sleight-of-foot Hooky is, it's great to have someone like that to bounce off and work off.
Hooky involves long strips of material brought up by hooks in a series of loops to make a flat pile at the front, sometimes with detailed pictures.
We'd met Spandau Ballet that afternoon and they told us where they were playing that evening," recalls Hooky, "so we went along and drank all their booze.
Previously I would have gone with Halfpenny at 15 with Roberts at 12 and Hooky on the bench.
I will leave the modelling to Mike, Hooky, and Gav.
Visitors can see Heather Ritchie's collection of Rag Rugs also known as Proggy, Clippy and Hooky mats, and can join her on Saturday, May 5, from 11am for a rag rug workshop.
And with guitar slung low Hooky roamed the stage like a heavy-metal rock icon clearly enjoying himself.
101'' classes for public officials, but most have played hooky or left early.
Hooky will still play bass like an overgrown schoolboy wrestling with itchy underwear and Sumner will be as miserable as ever.
Life couldn't be better for Tom (Akins) who lives with his Aunt Polly (White) in a small Missouri town fishing, playing hooky with his best friend, Huckleberry Finn (Wills), and dreaming of Becky Thatcher (Womack).
Tight boy-girl harmonies, hooky tunes, which should fit in neatly between Noah & The Whale and Broken Family Band CDs.
And there's one thing you've forgotten about your precious roses, Ralph, they've got nasty hooky thorns
Hooky and the band will play Moving To New York, The Wombats' new single.