To stay away from work and duty, or esp from school without an excuse; be truant
[1848+; probably fr hook it]
To play hooky and go nutting is far better than to study and fit himself for earning a livelihood.
There was enough to do in town, and it wasn't fair for him to play hooky while Zarek worked alone.
That he naturally despised the articles of such a soulless faith was evident in his constant inclination to play hooky.