play truant

stay away from school, truant; Brit. informal skive (off), bunk off; Irish informal mitch (off); N. Amer. informal play hookey, goof off; Austral./NZ informal play the wag.
truant

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play truant
To stay away from school without permission or good reason
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Main Entry:truant

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play truant british phrase
to stay away from school without permission

Parents often don’t know their children are playing truant.

Thesaurus: attendance and non-attendance at school or universityhyponym
Main entry: truant

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I
see truant
II
stay away from school or work without permission or explanation; play hooky

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play truant
Brit informal : to miss school without permission

He's been playing truant [=(US) playing hooky, (Brit) skiving off] with his friends.

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play ˈtruant idiom
(BrE) (NAmE old-fashioned, informal play ˈhooky) to stay away from school without permission
see also bunk off, skive
Main entry:truantidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • play truant — index flee Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • play truant —    A young person who plays truant stays away from school without permission or excuse.     Ben has no reason to be absent from school he s playing truant again! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • play truant — more than half of the freshman class staged a protest by playing truant on Monday Syn: stay away from school; informal skip school, skip, play hooky; book out …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • play truant — British to stay away from school without permission Parents often don t know their children are playing truant …   English dictionary

  • play truant — verb To be absent from school without permission. Syn: cut class, skip class, play hookey, bunk, bump off, wag …   Wiktionary

  • play truant — be absent from school without permission …   English contemporary dictionary

  • To play truant — Truant Tru ant, n. [F. truand, OF. truant, a vagrant, beggar; of Celtic origin; cf. W. tru, truan, wretched, miserable, truan a wretch, Ir. trogha miserable, Gael. truaghan a poor, distressed, or wretched creature, truagh wretched.] One who stays …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • play hookey —  Play truant …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • truant — [tro͞o′ənt] n. [ME < OFr, beggar, vagabond < Celt, as in Ir trōgán, dim. of truag, wretched] 1. Obs. a lazy, idle person 2. a pupil who stays away from school without permission 3. a person who neglects his or her work or duties adj. 1.… …   English World dictionary

  • Truant — Tru ant, n. [F. truand, OF. truant, a vagrant, beggar; of Celtic origin; cf. W. tru, truan, wretched, miserable, truan a wretch, Ir. trogha miserable, Gael. truaghan a poor, distressed, or wretched creature, truagh wretched.] One who stays away… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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