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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!
See also: play

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.
See also: play

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]
See also: play

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.
See also: play
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HAD he not been riding racehorses, Walsh would have enjoyed a nice sing-song with The Hookeys, but by riding racehorses he landed the Pendil Novices' Chase on The Nightingale and the Dovecote Hurdle on Escort'men.
Thanks to Gordon Hookey for allowing us to publish his artwork as part of this issue.
1979) 10 Federal Law Review 161; John Hookey, 'Settlement and Sovereignty' in Peter Hanks and Bryan Keon-Coben (eds), Aborigines and the Law (1984) 1; John Hookey, 'The Gove Land Rights Case: A Judicial Dispensation for the Taking of Aboriginal Lands in Australia?
I would especially like to hear from Gillian Roberts, Sylvia Else, Janet Peacock, Janet Gilbert, the Hookey sisters, Janet Eyre, Elsie Walker, Myrtle Pridmore, Hilary Chant, Jacqueline Noon and Iris Hall whom I remember from the mid-1950s.
As Hookey has pointed out, the courts raised doubts as far back as 1836 over whether New Holland had been peacefully settled or conquered, and what this entailed for the legal status of the Indigenous inhabitants.
In the twentieth century, hookey cops swept up "ne'er-do-wells" and placed them in school.
Spending a school day at the cinema may seem like playing hookey, but it is what thousands of pupils and students will be doing from tomorrow.
Hookey, managing director of Cable in the Classroom, a non-profit initiative funded by the cable television industry, that provides free access to commercial free programming and online support materials.
Sunday People last week) Surely if a child is playing hookey from school he or she won't bother with either.
The Tivoli theatre where Tom "went to the movies" still operates on Delmar Boulevard and the Jewel Box where Laura played hookey still decorates Forest Park.
The bells are those of school as well as church, the teacher Chalkstick's bicycle bells (M, 19, 22) and "the sound of schoolbells / squares: triangles: hookey hockey matches//desks: gas chambers: forward march" (M, 24).
There were very intimate details; there were a lot of things about leaving school and not going to class and playing hookey, but there was also the experience of the first time I menstruated, and I remember just being shattered.
My dad, when I came back here to practice law, let me play hookey to write for National Geographic and other publications," Griffin Jr.
Therefore, therewas no such thing as playing hookey from school.
Playing Hookey Is Serious Stuff All kids are absent from school sometimes, usually due to acute or chronic health problems.