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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.
See also: play
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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.
Instead, the bank will hold a pizza party to encourage employees not to play hooky by calling in sick.
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.
When the summer sun graces this charming spa town, a haunt of artists and royalty since the days of Goethe, the lure to play hooky can be overpowering.
Petersburg, Florida Play Hooky - one-night package including accommodations, a $25 dining credit, two admission tickets for neighboring cultural museums, a glass of champagne and/or basket of fruit upon arrival.
He called New England "more challenging," because fewer skiers play hooky for powder days.
If I were 17 and knew of a pact to play hooky, let alone get pregnant, I wouldn't confide in some dorky anchor from "Good Morning America.
They went home every night to their families, then they'd play hooky from school and go back to the house in Glendale.
Reggie Jacobsen was delighted to play hooky, but his father had plans for him.
To help lift spirits and encourage travel to the Mendocino Coast, the new owners of the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek are offering a special Play Hooky package.
companies stand to lose more than $319 million in productivity as employees play hooky to trek to the multiplex, according to projections compiled by the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Executives who play hooky are going to start the New Year playing catch-up to everyone else.
My mother used to drop me off, but with her gone, I'd just stay home and play hooky.
Ruben Castro, the manager of Catholic Charities in Moorpark, said that as a youngster in the 1940s he would play hooky from his dad's grocery store that sat on the site now occupied by the Secret Garden Restaurant and come to Whitaker's to play checkers with the Whitaker brothers' dad.
I would play hooky and go to the Blue Hall, the local movie house, to watch the pictures,'' Connery, 68, says in the January issue of Biography magazine of his childhood in Fountainbridge, Scotland.