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Phrasal Verbs

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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