Idiom of the Week: Horse Around

In honor of the Year of the Horse…

Meaning: To play; to not pay attention; to goof around

Examples:

“Stop horsing around!” said the angry father to his children.

His teacher sent him to the principal’s office because he was horsing around.

It’s definitely a bad idea to horse around while you’re driving. Focus on the road!

Pop Quiz:

Which of the following is an example of horsing around?

A.  Listening carefully to what your teacher is saying.

B.  Going for a run in rainy weather.

C.  Kicking and kicking someone’s leg under the table.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is C. If you keep kicking someone under the table, you’re most likely playing around – that is, you’re acting like one of the young horses in the picture above. If you didn’t choose the correct answer, you were probably horsing around and not paying attention. Stop horsing around!

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One thought on “Idiom of the Week: Horse Around

  1. Sze Wong says:

    One high school football coach Have told his player,the day have football game competition. “Don’t Horse around”.

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