Definition of play truant in English:

play truant

phrase

British
  • (of a pupil) stay away from school without leave or explanation.

    ‘he often played truant and he usually wrote his own absence notes’
    • ‘You now have a situation where children are coming back to school but are frightened and upset and the children who really should be in school are still playing truant.’
    • ‘Ultimately, it is up to parents and teachers to ensure children do not play truant.’
    • ‘This showed that there were 1.1 million pupils who had played truant in the course of the last school year - up from 0.96 million five years before.’
    • ‘When I first started there were a number of pupils outside of lessons playing truant.’
    • ‘He thought the School Board had found out he'd played truant.’
    • ‘Scores of school children played truant to attend the protest despite warnings from head teachers that they would face suspension.’
    • ‘Some 20 pupils were found playing truant on their own.’
    • ‘But only pupils who meet academic targets and do not play truant will get tickets.’
    • ‘She often plays truant and stays home, where she is happiest working with Pa in his machine shop in the yard.’
    • ‘A fifth of children said they felt unsafe in their communities and nearly 40 per cent of Year 11 pupils admitted playing truant.’
    stay away from school, not go to school, be absent, truant
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