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goof off | goof around American English

Meaning: waste time, play around

For example:

  • Whenever the teacher leaves the classroom she tells her students to keep working, but as soon as she leaves they start goofing off.

  • It's the kids who goof around in college instead of taking their studies seriously who'll be in trouble when they try to join the workforce.

Variety: This slang is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

On the weekend, my son goofs off with his friends. They
  1. study hard
  2. work part-time
  3. play computer games

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