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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.
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But eagle-eyed bosses keen to maintain productivity and profit margins are fighting back on the employees who play hookey on company time.
There has not been any public outrage about Vernon Ah Kee's text-based work ('Non People', Bellas Gallery, Brisbane 2002) nor about some of Hookey's scathing 'Ruddock's Wheel' series (Pacific Wave, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney 200l).
Other suggestions as to the origin of hoagie include: hoke sandwich, favored by hoboes who were on the hoke; a reference to the pork or hog meat in the sandwich; honky sandwich, called that by blacks who saw whites eating them; and hookey sandwich, favored by kids skipping school who would buy them from sidewalk vendors.
BROOKSIDE (S4C) Tim and Steve are frustrated they can't spend their cash,and have to accept a removal job from Hookey to keep up appearances -but romance blossoms when the former meets someone while on the job.
(43) In 1984, a prescient piece by Hookey (44) critically examined the approach of the plaintiffs in Coe v Commonwealth (45) and suggested that there was support for the non-conventional view.
He was scheduled to pitch in Chicago, so my son played hookey from school and I did the same from work.
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.
(14.) 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.