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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
See also: hookey, play

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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When a student is found playing hooky, the officer can swipe the card past the bar code reader and access the students' record instead of having to call it up through the mainframe database.
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I hadn't really wasted all those early school years playing hooky back in New York,'' recalled Seiden, 80, who lives in North Hollywood.
At the halfway point, however, the film shifts focus to Yeo-jin's widowed father, Yeong-gi (Lee Eol), a hard-nosed cop who has accidentally discovered his daughter playing hooky as a hooker and, unknown to her, confronts each john on the street.
Knowing that time was short only heightened the sense of two kids playing hooky from school as we pulled out of the driveway and headed for lovely country fields to gather the summer bounty of daisies, cornflowers, and lilies.
Foods containing PHOs, sugars and salt are commonly packed; playing hooky are veggies and sources of fiber, vitamins, and anti-oxidants.
I'm committed to playing hooky at least one day this winter, with another agent here, and going skiing.
Midnight showings in such major markets as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington, Seattle, San Francisco and Boston were sellouts and Thursday matinees were also packed with throngs of fans playing hooky from work.
They both felt they'd been working toward this for decades, ever since a serendipitous day in 1976 when the 16-year-old Shaiman, playing hooky from high school in suburban New Jersey, was recruited from a Greenwich Village bar--call him precocious
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