play hookey

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 hookey

stay away from school without permission or explanation; play truant. North American informal
See also: hookey, play
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WALES need to play Hookey in the Six Nations - even if it means moving the captain from his position in the control room.
You know there's work to be done so don't play hookey.
Whenever the House is sitting I'm in London ( I do not play hookey.
But eagle-eyed bosses keen to maintain productivity and profit margins are fighting back on the employees who play hookey on company time.
Idle and unconcerned parents will face fines of up to pounds 5,000 if their equally idle and uncommitted offspring play hookey.
The internet bank Egg has just been criticised by the advertising watchdog for an advert which urged people to spend on their credit cards and play hookey from work.