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Play around   /pleɪ ərˈaʊnd/   Listen
Play around

Commit adultery.  Synonym: fool around.
Work with in an amateurish manner.  Synonyms: dabble, smatter.  "He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"

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"Play around" Quotes from Famous Books

... that—he's done it before. I can always get out of the way. He doesn't throw them very near me, really. But two or three times the sparks have burned holes in my dress and Maw Hoover's been as mad as she could be. So she thinks anyhow that I play around the fire, and she'd never believe I ...
— A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire - The Camp Fire Girls In the Woods • Jane L. Stewart

... the ocean crossed, Shoots into port at some well-havened isle, Where spices breathe and brighter seasons smile, There sits quiescent on the floods, that show Her beauteous form reflected clear below, While airs impregnated with incense play Around her, fanning light her streamers gay, So thou, with sails how swift, hast reached the shore 'Where tempests never beat nor billows roar,' And thy loved consort on the dangerous tide Of life long since has anchored by ...
— English Poets of the Eighteenth Century • Selected and Edited with an Introduction by Ernest Bernbaum

... long the echoes love to play Around the shore of silence, as a wave Retreating circles down the sand! One after one, with sweet delay, The mellow sounds that cliff and island gave, Have lingered in the crescent bay, Until, by lightest ...
— The Poems of Henry Van Dyke • Henry Van Dyke

... happy winter for Dunwoodie, and smiles once more began to play around the lovely ...
— The Spy • James Fenimore Cooper

... made for Love alone,— Here only smiles and kisses sweet Shall play around his flow'ry throne, And ...
— Poems • Sir John Carr

... thinks that he ought to play around with other girls so no one will suspect, but he does not like it when I so much as sit in a hammick with a member ...
— Bab: A Sub-Deb • Mary Roberts Rinehart

... to rational processes of construction; imagination in its lower form. Both fancy and imagination recombine and modify mental images; either may work with the other's materials; imagination may glorify the tiniest flower; fancy may play around a mountain or a star; the one great distinction between them is that fancy is superficial, while imagination is deep, essential, spiritual. Wordsworth, who was the first clearly to draw the distinction between the fancy and the imagination, ...
— English Synonyms and Antonyms - With Notes on the Correct Use of Prepositions • James Champlin Fernald

... dance aboon the burn; The dews begin to fa'; The paitricks doun the rushy holm Set up their e'ening ca'. Now loud and clear the blackbird's sang Rings through the briery shaw, While, flitting gay, the swallows play Around the castle wa'. ...
— The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 3 (of 4) • Various

... his arm about her, but his hold was no longer insistent. She was aware of his passion still; it seemed to play around her like a lambent flame; but the first fierce flare was past. He spoke to her at last in a voice that was low but not without the ...
— The Bars of Iron • Ethel May Dell

Words linked to "Play around" :   fool around, cheat, busy, cheat on, dabble, betray, wander, cuckold, occupy

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