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English definition of “play around”

play around

verb uk phrasal verb with play   /pleɪ/ us  

(BE SILLY)

(UK also play about) informal to behave in a silly way: Stop playing around and get on with your homework! I wish you wouldn't play about with that - you'll break it.Behaving in a silly way

(SEX)

informal disapproving (UK also play about) If someone who is married or has a serious relationship plays around, they have sex with another person or people: If she finds out he's been playing around with his secretary, there'll be trouble.Infidelity in relationships
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