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play hooky

To absent oneself or leave early from school or work when one would normally be required to be there. Primarily heard in US. I was so restless and bored at work that I decided to play hooky after lunch. Hey, Jim and I are playing hooky from school on Friday, do you want to come with us? That's the last time you play hooky, mister! From now on, I'm dropping you off at school every morning!
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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.
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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.
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PLAY HOOKY Afternoons and evenings, you're free to surf, explore the area's burgeoning wine region, or practice your language skills at the harbor's fish market as you search for the perfect tacos de pescado.
If I were 17 and knew of a pact to play hooky, let alone get pregnant, I wouldn't confide in some dorky anchor from "Good Morning America.
They went home every night to their families, then they'd play hooky from school and go back to the house in Glendale.
Reggie Jacobsen was delighted to play hooky, but his father had plans for him.
To help lift spirits and encourage travel to the Mendocino Coast, the new owners of the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek are offering a special Play Hooky package.
ATLANTA, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hooters is declaring March 17th and 18th National Play Hooky Days, encouraging customers to watch the first round games of the basketball tournament at Hooters.
companies stand to lose more than $319 million in productivity as employees play hooky to trek to the multiplex, according to projections compiled by the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Executives who play hooky are going to start the New Year playing catch-up to everyone else.
ATLANTA, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 18th and 19th Hooters is encouraging guests to play hooky from work and head to Hooters to watch the championship basketball games.
My mother used to drop me off, but with her gone, I'd just stay home and play hooky.
March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is almost here, and for the cubical-bound worker the impulse to play hooky on beautiful days can be almost irresistible.
Ruben Castro, the manager of Catholic Charities in Moorpark, said that as a youngster in the 1940s he would play hooky from his dad's grocery store that sat on the site now occupied by the Secret Garden Restaurant and come to Whitaker's to play checkers with the Whitaker brothers' dad.
This charming collection of one-of-a-kind accommodations is making it more tempting than ever to play hooky while everyone else is tied down to their 9 to 5.
I would play hooky and go to the Blue Hall, the local movie house, to watch the pictures,'' Connery, 68, says in the January issue of Biography magazine of his childhood in Fountainbridge, Scotland.
Also according to the survey, as spring rolls around, nearly two-thirds of Americans want to play hooky more than once a month -- and 23 percent of them actually do