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play truant

To absent oneself or leave early from school or work when one would normally be required to be there. Primarily heard in UK. I was so restless and bored at work that I decided to play truant after lunch. Hey, Jim and I are playing truant from school on Friday, do you want to come with us? That's the last time you play truant, mister! From now on, I'm dropping you to school every morning!
See also: play

play ˈtruant

(British English) (American English play ˈhookey/ˈhooky informal) (old-fashioned) stay away from school without permission: Is she off school because she’s ill, or is she playing truant?
See also: play
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Teachers report kids who regularly play truant to the authorities, who can then give out fines.
The figures also show that girls have a higher rate of overall absenteeism, but boys play truant more often.
A SHOCKING number of children who play truant or are expelled from school for persistent bad behaviour become involved in serious crime, latest Government figures reveal.
Each year at least one million children - 15 per cent of all pupils - play truant.
POLITICIANS who play truant from the Dail will no longer be paid expenses and allowances.
The court heard she had let her 16-year-old son play truant between December and March.
HOW I applaud the decision to fine parents whose children persistently play truant from school (`Truants parents hit by fines',ECHO,June 17).
THE national head teachers' union today warned pupils that they could face suspension if they play truant to take part in anti-Bush demonstrations.
He accused the Labour Government of being obsessed with higher education and that children who were bored with the academic emphasis of the classroom were more likely to play truant and subsequently fall foul of the law.
SCHOOL bullying forces 20,000 pupils to play truant every day, according to a report out yesterday.
We are adamant about tackling this, and will prosecute those parents who allow their children to play truant, reiterating the message that interrupted education does have an impact on learning.
PATRICIA Amos claims she is being `made a scapegoat'for all mother's whose children play truant,having been sent to prison for 28 days by magistrates in Oxfordshire.
PARENTS of children who play truant could face on-the-spot fines of up to pounds 100 under new plans.
I do not condone those young people - thankfully a tiny minority - who play truant to attend marches.
FINALLY parents are being brought to book for allowing their children to play truant from school.