to play hooky - What is the meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to play hooky" idiom?

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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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Idiom Definition:


"to play hooky"
to not attend (without notice or excuse) school when it is compulsory to attend school
 
Synonyms:
AWOL, astray, away, cut, cutting, desert, desertion, elsewhere, gone, missing, no-show, nonappearance, nonattendance, skip, skipping, truancy, truant, vacancy,vacant, vanish, vanished
 
 
This boy is trying to play hooky. - - - - ->  a young boy carrying school books  and wearing  green pants and a light blue shirt is looking around furtively as he tries to sneak out of school.  There is a balding teacher looking man watching the boy from behind a door.




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Idiom Scenario 1:


One Friday morning, Johnny's friend Stan stops by Johnny's house on the way to school to pick Johnny up for school.  It is a beautiful spring day.  It is warm and the sun is shining.  Stan asks Johnny if he really wants to go to school.  Johnny replies...
"Not really.  Let's play hooky today."
Even though both boys will get into trouble from their parents and the school authorities, the wonderful spring day is too much of a temptation.image

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Idiom Usage:

This idiom can have a positive or negative aspect. 
The aspect can be positive.  For the student, it is a free day to do as the students wishes.  It is a reprieve from school and is a little sweeter because it is a "special" time away from school, a "guilty pleasure".
The aspect can be negative.  For the school authorities, this would be considered an unexcused absence from school.  Therefore, the student would be considered truant and necessary measures would need to be taken.
This idiom is used mainly to talk about absence from school.  It is quite common to use this idiom to talk about an absence from anything that is obligatory.
Similar to:  French leave
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Playing hooky can be a lot of fun.
 
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Idiom Scenario 2:


Two coworkers are talking at the end of the workday.  One worker tells the other that the boss will not be in the office the next day.  The worker also says that it is supposed to be a perfect day for golf.  They look at each other with knowing smiles and say at the same time...
"Let´s play hooky tomorrow and go golfing."
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