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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!
See also: around, horse
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: around, horse
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: around, horse
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: around, horse
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

horse around

in. to work inefficiently; to goof around. You guys are always horsing around.
See also: around, horse
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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