play about

play about
play about
To behave irresponsibly, not seriously
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Main Entry:play

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ˌplay a ˈbout ˌplay a ˈround [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they play about he/she/it plays about present participle playing about past tense played about past participle played about] phrasal verb
to behave in a silly way, especially when you should be doing something else

Stop playing about and get on with doing your homework.

Thesaurus: to behave in a silly waysynonym
Main entry: play

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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