play hooky(redirected from played hooky)
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To absent oneself or leave early from school or work when one would normally be required to be there. 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? A: "What vase?" B: "Don't play ignorant with me! You know which one I mean!"
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.
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]
tv. to not go to school; to not keep an appointment. I played hooky today and did not go to work.