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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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In an emailed response to the Tribune, the state's military department rejected the notion that the academy is a sentencing option for truant children.
Students also reported that they're truant because they dislike their classes, that lessons seem to be of no use, and that they need to finish their homework (Shute, 2009).
If this is not monitored through the school or parent he will get the message that it is acceptable to truant and the risk and consequences are low.
Schuyler was one of those truants who worked against Locke's school of New Negro modernism.
Instead of paying the truants, the authorities should be fining the parents.
LANCASTER -- Alarmed by a surge in burglaries committed by school truants in the area, sheriff's deputies in Lancaster are launching a "truancy car" next week aimed at rounding up students who habitually ditch class.
Another 22,000 days were missed by children playing truant.
One of my biggest successes was a truant whose mum was on the verge of being prosecuted.
WHEN Midland mum-of-three Tanya Brookes was jailed for allowing her son to play truant, the authorities thought it would teach her a lesson.
In Sefton, 2,000 primary school pupils out of 19,075 missed at least one half day last year' in Wirral, out of 22,823 students, 2,239 truanted' in Knowsley, 2,576 pupils out of 12,413 played truant and in St Helens 1,568 youngsters played truant out of a total of 13,107.
Truant is a psychologically scarred but highly literary misfit who encounters Zampano's text as a collection of multimedia scraps: "Endless snarls of words .
In the West Midlands, on average, 750 pupils played truant on each of the 192 days of the academic year.
Seventy-seven percent of students truant from junior high school for a prolonged period went on to senior high school or jobs after graduating from junior high school, according to an education ministry survey released Friday.
The other story is in the footnotes, where Johnny Truant, a tattoo parlor employee who has discovered this manuscript, makes commentary, and relates events of his life that are connected to the lives of the Navidsons.
Some solutions to students' truancy come from the answers to perhaps the most important survey question: "Why were you truant from school?