fool around

I
horse or monkey around, jerk off (all sl.); philander, flirt. See amusement, endearment, impurity.
II
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. waste time, putter, idle, dawdle; see dabble , play 1 , 2 , trifle 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. waste time *horse around, fritter, *hang out, putter, diddle.
2. make love *make out.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. Informal To waste time by engaging in aimless activity: doodle, fool, putter. Informal: mess around. See THRIVE. 2. Informal. To make jokes; behave playfully: jest, joke. Informal: clown (around), fun. See LAUGHTER. 3. Informal. To engage in kissing, caressing, and other amorous behavior: Informal: neck, pet1, spoon. Slang: make out. See SEX. 4. Informal. To be sexually unfaithful to another: philander, womanize. Informal: cheat, mess around, play around. See SEX. II verb See fool.

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  • fool around — or[mess around] or[play around] or[monkey around] {v.}, {informal} 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. * /If you go to college, you must work, not fool around./ * /The boys fooled around… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — or[mess around] or[play around] or[monkey around] {v.}, {informal} 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. * /If you go to college, you must work, not fool around./ * /The boys fooled around… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool\ around — • fool around • mess around • play around • monkey around v informal 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. If you go to college, you must work, not fool around. The boys fooled around all… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fool around — See: MESS AROUND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — See: MESS AROUND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — [v] waste time dawdle, hang around*, idle, kill time*, lark, mess around*, play around*; concept 681 Ant. labor, toil, work …   New thesaurus

  • fool around — phrasal verb fool around or fool about [intransitive] Word forms fool around : present tense I/you/we/they fool around he/she/it fools around present participle fooling around past tense fooled around past participle fooled around 1) to behave in …   English dictionary

  • fool around — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you fool around, you behave in a silly, dangerous, or irresponsible way. [V P] They were fooling around on an Army firing range... [V P with n] Have you been fooling around with something you shouldn t? 2) PHRASAL VERB If… …   English dictionary

  • fool around — to waste time doing something without a particular purpose. It was a serious academic school, not a place to fool around. Usage notes: often used in the negative to mean to not waste time but to act with a serious purpose: The coach was in no… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fool around — v. (D; intr.) to fool around with (don t fool around with fire) * * * [ fuːləˌraʊnd] (D; intr.) to fool around with (don t fool around with fire) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Fool Around — Infobox Album | Name = Fool Around Type = Album Artist = Rachel Sweet Released = 1978, 1979 Recorded = ??? Genre = Pop Length = 34:29 Label = Stiff Records, Columbia Records Producer = Liam Sternberg, Dave Mackay, Barrie Guard Reviews = Last… …   Wikipedia


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