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play hooky

Slang definitions & phrases for play hooky

play hooky

verb phrase

To stay away from work and duty, or esp from school without an excuse; be truant

[1848+; probably fr hook it]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • To play hooky and go nutting is far better than to study and fit himself for earning a livelihood.

    Pocket Island Charles Clark Munn
  • There was enough to do in town, and it wasn't fair for him to play hooky while Zarek worked alone.

    The Chapter Ends Poul William Anderson
  • That he naturally despised the articles of such a soulless faith was evident in his constant inclination to play hooky.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
Idioms and Phrases with play hooky

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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