to fool around



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - fool around

"to fool around"

to waste time doing things without a particular purpose

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - fool around

"to fool around"

to (mis)​behave in a ​humorous way in ​order to make other ​people ​laugh

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - fool around

"to fool around"

to engage in casual activity in an attempt to repair, improve or fix something

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - fool around

"to fool around"

to engage in casual sexual activity

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - fool around

"to fool around"

to be sexually unfaithful

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - fool around

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What are you going to do after practice?

Friend 2: I'm going to stay a while and just fool around a little?

Friend 1: Are you going to do drills or practice set plays?

Friend 2:  No. I just want to relax and toss the ball around.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - fool around

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:   Some days I think that I will go crazy.

Teacher 2:  Tough class?

Teacher 1:   It is just one student who keeps fooling around in class.

Teacher 2:  The student plays and jokes and makes the whole class laugh and then it's hard to get everyone settled down again?

Teacher 1:  Ya, that's it.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - fool around

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Stop fooling around with the TV set.

Friend 2:  I want to improve the reception.

Friend 1:  But you aren't a trained technician.

Friend 2:  I can still fiddle around with it and try to make it better.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - fool around

A man and woman are watching TV ...

Man:  Do you want to fool around a little?

Woman:  Do you mean like kissing and touching and stuff?

Man:  Exactly. Just a little casual petting.

Woman:  OK.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - fool around

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I think my husband is fooling around on me.

Friend 2:  You think he is having sex with another woman?

Friend 1:  Yes. I think he is having an affair.

Friend 2:  That's terrible.





to fool around - Usage:

formal<---------------|---------X------>informal



to fool around - Gerund Form:

Fooling around at the beach is a nice way to take a break.

Fooling around in class is not a good way to get good grades.

Fooling around with the TV set might improve its performance.

Fooling around with your boyfriend at the movies is fun.

Fooling around on your wife is not a smart thing to do.



to fool around - Examples:

1)  ... everything we needed for the journey so that we could make good time and not fool around on the road with four kids screaming from the back seat about eating and ...

2)  The people who sit in the back tend to fool around more and do worse in the course.

3)  I was told by my dad: " You want to fool around? Fine, but I'll break your legs if you get a girl ..."

4)  While we never slept together, we did fool around a bit. It was fun.

5)  Taking a day, or evening, away, to laugh and maybe even fool around helps a marriage, not hurts it.

6)  I think he said he was engaged and he was fooling around with Jackie and he got caught or something like that.

7)  I got shot -- flesh wound -- when a bunch of us were fooling around in the woods with antique pistols.

8)  I went back to this girl's house and we started fooling around.

9)  In the summer of 1968, assistant coach Emory Bellard, fooling around with the idea of getting more blocking help in his running game, installed ...

10)  ... he had an affair with a phenomenally indiscreet person. He was fooling around with a woman who apparently thought nothing of ...

11)  ... difficulty he was quick to give up and blame others for his mistakes, and fooled around a lot, or he cut class if it just "looked boring".

12)  Who would love someone who fools around on them? If he fooled around on me, I know I wouldn't love him.

13)  The three men stayed after practise on a regular basis and fooled around with the puck, eventually perfecting one of hockey's greatest innovations-the set play.

14)  Niko loved to see the Pandas as they fooled around on the trees.

15)  ... stories to tell about losing your virginity? we fooled around for 3 hours.

16)  It doesn't make sense. Who would love someone who fools around on them?

17)  Though if a minister fools around with the taxpayer money, yes, then I will make noise.

18)  Tammy fools around on the swing while we wait for our surprise lunch to be served.

19)  ... which almost certainly means that the president -- like Tiger Woods -- fools around with women who aren't his wife.

20)  Little boy fools around during lunch -- as usual I multi-task and I eat my lunch, feed ...