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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escape, eschew, fly, dodge, depart, emerge, avoid, evade, leave, slip, elude, run, vanish, flee, disappear, cut, omit, neglect, split, disregard
- play games,
- play hard to get,
- play hardball,
- play havoc,
- play hide and seek,
- play in peoria,
- play into the hands of,
- play it by ear,
- play it close to one's chest,
- play it cool
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