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nounin phrase play hooky
Stay away from school or work without permission or explanation.‘he played hooky from school to go out hunting’
malinger, pretend to be ill, fake illness, feign illnessView synonyms
- ‘The longer she played hooky the bigger chance she had of being caught.’
- ‘The next day, Aunt Polly punishes him for playing hookey by making him whitewash their entire fence.’
- ‘Were they playing hooky when civics was taught?’
- ‘Police say she was playing hooky from school, drinking and swimming with friends in a pool.’
- ‘Another severe problem is that playing hooky may also incite other students to follow your example, against their better judgment and their best interest.’
- ‘When I played hookey from school, my teacher wrote a letter of thanks to my mother.’
- ‘They caused trouble by committing thefts, playing hooky, and gathering boisterously on the streets, not by becoming drunk and disorderly.’
- ‘Some of those who were caught playing hookey were taken back to school, while others had their names and address taken.’
- ‘I mean yes, I was caught red-handed playing hooky, so I did take a good tanning from my old man.’
- ‘Boy, did I get into trouble - not for playing hookey, but for lying.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
(of a tune or a component of a tune) having immediate appeal and easy to remember.‘a hooky bass line’
- ‘The melodies here could hardly be called hooky or blatantly poppy, but they have a mantra-like quality that's infectious and slightly eerie.’
- ‘Their set consisted of hooky pop gems that relied on guitar and punch for most of the power, and the mixture was a pleasing one.’
- ‘Like his best work, the songs are irresistibly hooky without being simplistic, though the first single is oddly the weakest tune of the bunch.’
- ‘It's a fabulous record, from the string of catchy tracks that opens the album to the slower six-minute ‘Fountain Song’ and the barrage of hooky tunes composing the latter half of the disc.’
- ‘The new songs have strong, hooky melodies, but very personal, intimate lyrics.’
- ‘They make music that's fun and fresh, adding urban beats and hooky riffs to catchy rhythm lines and choruses that make you want to jump and shout.’
- ‘If they had decided to break from tradition and round out their hooky gems with massive percussion to balance out the wall of sound, the album would be nearly perfect.’
- ‘Probably because they have been around for such a long time they have been able to hone their sound, smooth out the jagged edges in order to produce, insidious, hooky type pop tunes that lodge inside your brain.’
- ‘Like their last album it takes a couple of listens before it really starts to appeal, as the songs aren't very hooky.’
- ‘But it was Paul Weller's seductively hooky tune that propelled the record to the summit, and it was only when you listened carefully to the lyrics that you realised this was in fact a supremely angry protest song.’
- ‘We write very hooky, accessible tunes; we are big fans of the pop song.’
- ‘I found those songs kinda catchy and hooky and it made an enormous impact on me.’
- ‘She's clearly found an appropriate songwriting partner with husband Bill Bell, and has enough hooky songs to counter her abundance of emotional ballads.’
- ‘Adams' melodic, hooky country-rock blends in nicely with the cool, sunny atmosphere of the island; it's really a great combination.’
- ‘Opener ‘Mornings Eleven’ starts with a hooky indie-pop riff and an impossibly catchy chorus.’
- ‘Earlier albums were often melodic yet somehow not catchy, but focused songwriting here makes the riffs memorably hooky.’
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