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nounin phrase play hookey
Play truant:‘he played hookey from school to go out hunting’
malinger, pretend to be ill, fake illness, feign illnessView synonyms
- ‘Some of those who were caught playing hookey were taken back to school, while others had their names and address taken.’
- ‘They caused trouble by committing thefts, playing hooky, and gathering boisterously on the streets, not by becoming drunk and disorderly.’
- ‘The next day, Aunt Polly punishes him for playing hookey by making him whitewash their entire fence.’
- ‘Another severe problem is that playing hooky may also incite other students to follow your example, against their better judgment and their best interest.’
- ‘I mean yes, I was caught red-handed playing hooky, so I did take a good tanning from my old man.’
- ‘When I played hookey from school, my teacher wrote a letter of thanks to my mother.’
- ‘Boy, did I get into trouble - not for playing hookey, but for lying.’
- ‘Were they playing hooky when civics was taught?’
- ‘Police say she was playing hooky from school, drinking and swimming with friends in a pool.’
- ‘The longer she played hooky the bigger chance she had of being caught.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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