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play truant

To absent oneself or leave early from school or work when one would normally be required to be there. Primarily heard in UK. I was so restless and bored at work that I decided to play truant after lunch. Hey, Jim and I are playing truant from school on Friday, do you want to come with us? That's the last time you play truant, mister! From now on, I'm dropping you to school every morning!
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play ˈtruant

(British English) (American English play ˈhookey/ˈhooky informal) (old-fashioned) stay away from school without permission: Is she off school because she’s ill, or is she playing truant?
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Of 18,744 secondary school pupils 5,386 played truant missing an average of 14 half days.
An average of 700 pupils played truant each day in the West Midlands last year.
Over the border in Coventry, an average of 46 pupils bunk off school every day, meaning about 1,800 primary pupils and 3,700 secondary students played truant in the city last year.
A total of 35 per cent of truants said they had taken drugs in the last month, compared to six per cent who had not played truant.
Darrianne, one of six children, played truant between January and May this year despite being telephoned by education welfare officers daily and despite the fact the family lived on campus in a caretaker's house.
A MUM jailed after her children played truant from school has had her sentenced reduced on appeal.
They told TV presenter Gay Byrne that the 1970 Eurovision star and former MEP even played truant from classes in her home city of Derry.
A MOTHER and father whose children played truant from school for four months were given a conditional discharge yesterday.
She said the accident involving Mr Scott, of Feldane, Orchard Park Estate, Hull, who is now aged 26, happened on April 12, 1988, when he played truant from Greatfield school, Hull, with a number of friends.
SO, Michael Howard played truant from his grammar school at lunchtime to go into Llanelli town.
A MOTHER has been jailed for seven days after her two daughters persistently played truant from school.