clown around


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clown around

slang To joke, play, or otherwise behave in a silly way. I can see you boys clowning around back there! Sit down and do the math problems I assigned. The kids are just clowning around with each other in the back yard, if you want to call them for dinner.
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clown around (with someone)

Fig. to join with someone in acting silly; [for two or more people] to act silly together. The boys were clowning around with each other. The kids are having fun clowning around.
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clown around

in. to act silly; to mess around. We were just clowning around. We didn’t mean to break anything.
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YOUNG achievers have been encouraged to clown around at school as a reward for their hard work.
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Bryan was happy to clown around and pose for the cameras at the star-studded event.
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PUPILS from a north Warwickshire school are going to school on Saturday mornings to clown around with a purpose.
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VISITORS can clown around at the first open day at Sketchley Hall in Burb-age next week.