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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

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 hookey

stay away from school without permission or explanation; play truant. North American informal
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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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A majority of Americans identify themselves as moderate and the average American agrees more with Jim Jeffords than with Judd Gregg, Tim Hutchinson, or the other Republicans who played hooky during childcare hearings.
Virtually the entire world of journalism had played hooky to watch Ken Starr's sex tape on television.
She played hooky, went roller skating, fell down, and hit her head.
have all, to varying degrees, played hooky - called in sick to work when they were not actually sick.
Percentage of workers who have played hooky from the office at least once this-year, according to CareerBuilder's annual survey on absenteeism: 29
WOODLAND HILLS -- Hundreds of schoolchildren played hooky from classroom routine Tuesday to tinker with crackling electrical gadgets and watch a laser light show put on by local rocket scientists.
The number of students who played hooky Monday was similar to the number who walked out of class in late March in response to proposed federal immigration legislation.
They played hooky from work, made calls on their cell phones while warming up, tried to look purposeful in jeans and athletic sandals.
101'' classes for public officials, but most have played hooky or left early.
The children played hooky to be the first ``victims'' of Tornado, the newest ride at Hurricane Harbor, the Six Flags water park next to Magic Mountain.
Some ditched school, others played hooky from work.
Others went to the right place, but found it closed due to some 150 poll workers who played hooky for the day.
OJAI - After three children scored the winning bid at their school's silent auction last month, Principal Pat Peake of Meiners Oaks Elementary made good on his promise and played hooky with the youngsters Friday, fishing at Lake Casitas.
ARCADIA - With heavy rains throughout Monday's card at Santa Anita, few would have predicted the packed house at the track, most of whom played hooky from work, hoping to open a wallet with a $50,000 cash voucher inside.
He played hooky last week, winning a qualifier in Oceanside to earn a berth in the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines - Gore's fourth taste of the show.