One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘it's bad news when youngsters play truant from school’
stay away from school, not go to school, be absent, truant
British informal skive, skive off, bunk off
Irish informal mitch, mitch off
North American informal play hookey, goof off, ditch
NZ Australian informal play the wag
rare bag it, hook Jack, mooch, play the hop, hop the wag
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