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horse around

1. To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; to fool around. Quit horsing around and do your book report already—it's due tomorrow!
2. To play or fool around in a rough or rowdy manner. Boys, quit horsing around before someone gets hurt!
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horse around

 (with someone or something)
1. Fig. to play around roughly with someone or something, possibly abusing someone or something. Stop horsing around with your little brother. Leave him alone. Will you kids stop horsing around?
2. Fig. to join someone in boisterous play; to participate in rough play with someone. He's horsing around with his little brother. They are really having a good time. We spent the entire afternoon just horsing around.
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horse around

Indulge in frivolous activity or play. For example, The boys were horsing around all afternoon. This term presumably alludes to horseplay, which has meant "rough or boisterous play" since the late 1500s. [First half of 1900s]
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horse around

v. Slang
To engage in frivolous or idle activity; goof off: Stop horsing around and get to work! The kids horsed around in the park all day.
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horse around

in. to work inefficiently; to goof around. You guys are always horsing around.
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We know he's a good horse around Aintree, but he's been beaten twice in the race and I wanted to give him a better chance.
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BONO and those U2 boys sure know how to horse around.
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Our horse was done for speed by those horses around that tight track and you'll see a different horse around Cheltenham on better ground.
Some of the medical center's staff have seen Clements riding his horse around town.
He finished fourth in a Gold Cup, so he wouldn't have been far behind the very best I rode, and he was very intelligent, very clever, and you could not have wished for a better horse around Aintree.
Photo: Tama Lockwood gallops her horse around the area at the new Gabrielino Equestrian Park, to be dedicated at 10 a.