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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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Clearly, that graffiti artist needs to play more hooky.
His T-shirt is thrown into the crowd and while the band nip off-stage and Hooky possibly tightens his belt buckle a couple of notches to raise his vocal pitch - it's a quick return to power through both New Order albums, played mainly in track order with special extras thrown in - and the packed Picturedrome crowd absolutely loved it.
PLAY HOOKY Afternoons and evenings, you're free to surf, explore the area's burgeoning wine region, or practice your language skills at the harbor's fish market as you search for the perfect tacos de pescado.
Bering Gifts was banned for 40 days, Mann fined pounds 1,000 and Fehily suspended for seven days after the gelding finished seventh in the Old Hooky Handicap Hurdle.
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SINCE the dawn of the internet, errant employees have been getting caught out on social media slating their bosses or playing hooky, but last week one former Reddit worker was on the receiving end of a very public dressing down.
Now, anyone with even a slight knowledge of DJing will be aware of the basic necessities of mixing records - a sense of tempo, an awareness of key and harmonies and a good sense of timing being a few skills that Hooky should and does possess in abundance.
It is a big opportunity against Argentina for Hooky.
Unabashedly aiming for what their manager called "stadium pop", Bad Kids seemed to have got those facing the stage onside thanks to its hooky euphoric chorus.
I said to Hooky at the time that the way we combined reminded me of a game we played for the Ospreys against the Blues a couple of years ago.
And I think on Saturday it's about that composure, putting players the likes of Morgan Stoddart, Lee Byrne and Shane Williams into space and then hopefully something will open up for Hooky.
Percentage of workers who have played hooky from the office at least once this-year, according to CareerBuilder's annual survey on absenteeism: 29
I would love for Hooky to sign because I want to play the rest of my Ospreys career with him," said Williams.