play around (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb play around (1).

Meaning: to waste time by being silly or stupid

Synonym: fool around, muck around (informal)

For example:

  • play around Come on you guys! Stop playing around and get on with your work.

  • play around Why are you playing around when you've got a really important exam in the morning?

Quick Quiz:

When the teacher saw the kids playing around in class, she

a. asked if she could join in

b. graded their efforts

c. told them to stop

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Contributor: Matt Errey