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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.
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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.
See also: play
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PLAY HOOKY While you're in Oaxaca, ascend the ruins of the ancient city of Monte Alban for spectacular vistas of Oaxaca Valley.
If Larbalestier would ever like to play hooky from the stultifying academy and indulge her quite evident penchant for gender-bending SF, she might have a good shot at winning one.
He would feign illness to get time off and when his parents found out he was faking, he would play hooky.
I felt the same urge to play hooky in London as the amazing events of last weekend unfolded.
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Bad: "Calendar of Events." Better: "Spring classes offer fun and fulfillment." Even better: "No-one play hooky: Class schedule provides something for everyone."
He liked monsters and whenever he could get time off from his busy classroom schedule, he would play hooky from school and go up to the Capitol and look at the Senate." Probably his cheapest shot is placed in the mouth of a worker at the Smithsonian: "Joe Kennedy is our bootlegger.
Fishing was the one pursuit that would cause me to play hooky as a kid.
I used to play hooky from school just to hear those guys playing on the street corner.
I led my class, or the majority of my classmates to play hooky! Somebody told the Jesuits that we went out to the movies.
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After the university began making lecture videotapes available for download on the Internet, many students decided to just play hooky and watch their classes from a comfortable spot at home, The Wall Street Journal reports.