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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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Of 89 children stopped in Hartlepool, 15 were found to be truants; of 11 stopped in Darlington, four were found to be playing truant and out of 102 stopped in North Yorkshire, 27 were found to be truant.
Education bosses at both Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council have a policy of fining parents who either encourage their children to take time off or don't do anything to stop their children playing truant.
Schools have to tick childrens' names on a register in the morning and afternoon and make a note of whether the child is present, out of school with the teachers' consent or playing truant.
Karoline Behan, 22, Sunderland, temp: If the parents have tried to stop them playing truant then it's not fair
The elite group of more than 50 officers, special constables and bus inspectors also checks for children playing truant.
He said: ``The headline rate of unauthorised absence has seen a modest improvement, with around 700 fewer pupils playing truant each day.
NEW figures have revealed the extent pupils in Merseyside and Cheshire are playing truant.
TRUANT HEROINE A 15-year-old girl who stopped an out-of-control US school bus she was riding on was handed a detention because she was playing truant.
Or are their kids the ones playing truant and learning from their elders and supposedly betters, how to grow up being obnoxious and how to make other people's lives a misery?
He rounded on a trio of Asian boys for playing truant, until it dawned on his minders that the schools are on half-term.
Secondary school pupils in the North-East remain among the worst offenders in the country for playing truant from school.
An internet firm is helping parents keep their children safe from abduction and stop them playing truant.
It comes as 35 parents in Liverpool face the threat of imprisonment next month for failing to stop their children from playing truant.
The Tory leader will also call for schools to let pupils debate war in Iraq in the classroom instead of playing truant to take part in demonstrations.
CHILDREN playing truant in Sefton have been caught in a sting operation.