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Absence without leave; truancy: play hooky from school.
[Perhaps from hook it, to make off.]
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(Education) informal chiefly US and Canadian and NZ truancy, usually from school (esp in the phrase play hooky)
[C20: perhaps from hook it to escape]
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or hook•ey(ˈhʊk i)
unjustifiable absence from school or work (usu. in the phrase play hooky).
[1840–50, Amer.; perhaps alter. of phrase hook it escape, make off]
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|Noun||1.||hooky - failure to attend (especially school)|
nonattendance - the failure to attend
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hookyhookey [ˈhʊki] n
to play hooky (mainly US) (= play truant) → faire l'école buissonnière
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hooky[ˈhʊkɪ] n (fam) to play hooky → marinare la scuola
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