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.
See also: around, clown

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.
See also: around, clown

clown around

in. to act silly; to mess around. We were just clowning around. We didn’t mean to break anything.
See also: around, clown
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Tim Curry clowned around in Stephen King's 1990 TV miniseries, but New Line has cast a 22-year-old British actor to fill his shoes.
First to take to the stage wasgran-of-two Sandra Harrison, fromGreenock, who clowned around forthe crowds in her curly wig and rednose.
The clowns clowned around, and the audience howled.
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YOUNGSTERS clowned around for the third anniversary of the Tiny Teddies nursery in Whitley.
FLAMBOYANT Justin Hawkins looked like a trapeze artist as he clowned around backstage.
During the rest of the service we altar boys usually clowned around in the sacristy.
Staff somersaulted, cartwheeled, juggled, danced, span plates and clowned around, finishing the day with a human pyramid.
Barrymore and his companion chatted to fellow holidaymakers at the five- star Son Vida Hotel, and the presenter of Strike it Rich and My Kind Of Music clowned around pretending to fire imaginary six-shooters as temperatures crept into the 90s.
Monica and Gabriela Irimia, girlfriend of Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik clowned around for the cameras in tight leather basques at the bash.
YOUNGSTERS clowned around in class for a day - but their fun was a serious business.
PUT A SOCK IN IT, MUMMY: DJ Sara Cox's daughter Lola Anne obviously didn't think much of her mum's patter as they clowned around at a cafe