play hooky

Idioms & Phrases

play hooky

Be absent from school or some other obligation without permission, as in It was such a beautiful day that Herb played hooky from work. In this term, the noun hooky may have come from the phrase hook it, meaning "escape." [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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