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horse around

1. To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; to fool around. Quit horsing around and do your book report already—it's due tomorrow!
2. To play or fool around in a rough or rowdy manner. Boys, quit horsing around before someone gets hurt!
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horse around

 (with someone or something)
1. Fig. to play around roughly with someone or something, possibly abusing someone or something. Stop horsing around with your little brother. Leave him alone. Will you kids stop horsing around?
2. Fig. to join someone in boisterous play; to participate in rough play with someone. He's horsing around with his little brother. They are really having a good time. We spent the entire afternoon just horsing around.
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horse around

Indulge in frivolous activity or play. For example, The boys were horsing around all afternoon. This term presumably alludes to horseplay, which has meant "rough or boisterous play" since the late 1500s. [First half of 1900s]
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horse around

v. Slang
To engage in frivolous or idle activity; goof off: Stop horsing around and get to work! The kids horsed around in the park all day.
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horse around

in. to work inefficiently; to goof around. You guys are always horsing around.
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I go to a ranch in Los Angeles and ride the horses around the grounds and it gives me a great sense of freedom.
And Lukas, though he considers the Los Angeles-area weather a training advantage, moves his horses around the country so freely, when he wins the Derby, everybody gets to brag.
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But Sparky got a taste for the real ale - and now he horses around with regulars.
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With the stable enjoying a good run of form, it wouldn't surprise me to see all three mentioned above hit the bull's-eye before the season's out, but, even if they fail, I expect to see them trading punches with some of the better horses around next term.
But I'm not particularly interested in that race as there are plenty of good enough horses around - the Grand National is his main aim.