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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!
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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?
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PARENTS of children who persistently commit crimes or play truant from school could face the loss of child benefit in a new Government crackdown on juvenile offenders.
It prevailed throughout city schools and was attributed by school visitors to the "extreme indulgence of parents who seemed heedless of the injurious effects upon their own offspring."(25) Among the effects of the general laxity toward attendance school visitors in the same year enumerated the following: "'few of the Schools were commenced at the same time'; 'children were permitted to leave one school and go to another, as whim or fancy dictated, thus breaking down all government and subordination'; 'children were permitted to go from the Schools of one District to those of another, without sufficient reason'; and finally, 'there was little or no discipline exercised over tardy or truant scholars.'"(26)
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"The message has to be made clear that parents who allow their children to truant deny them access to an education and a decent future."