Act playfully or irresponsibly, especially in having a casual or extramarital sexual relationship. For example, She got tired of his playing around and filed for divorce. [1920s]
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How to use play around in a sentence
Which is why we play around with identity in Season 2, role playing and him moving from job to job.Michael Sheen’s Masterful Study of Sex and Insecurity | Caryn James | September 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I asked if he liked golf and where he could play around here.How I’ll End the War: Making Collage Art With Afghan Students | Nick Willard | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, you can play around with it and find what works for you.
After the success of The Following's 15-episode season, look for Fox to play around with non-traditional episode counts.Fox Unveils 2013-14 Schedule: '24' Returns, 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Almost Human' to Mondays | Jace Lacob | May 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the driver pulled out his plastic pistol, it was for a joke, to play around.
Kopee and I had to sit on his back, while the waves of the river played around us as the waves of the sea play around an island.Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Until then, you see, they haven't much of anything to do but play around and sit in the sun and chat.The Adventures of a Grain of Dust | Hallam Hawksworth
The house has changed hands many times since we used to play around the Grecian pillars of its portico.Worldly Ways and Byways | Eliot Gregory
Directly after we had left the summit a few puffs of wind began to play around and some light snow fell.Adventures on the Roof of the World | Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond
The moment he shook hands with us they seemed to understand we were friends, and would play around us like kittens.Torrey's Narrative | William Torrey