to horse around

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - horse around

"to horse around"

to act silly, playfully or foolishly without a clear purpose


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - horse around

"to horse around"

to play roughly with someone or something, possibly abusing someone or something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - horse 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 horsing 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 2

Idiom Definition - horse around

A mother and her son's friend are talking ...

Mother:  What happened to my son?

Friend:  We were playing around throwing stones at one another and he got hit in the eye.

Mother:  Well, that's what you get for horsing around.

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to horse around - Gerund Form:

Horsing around in class can get you into trouble.

Horsing around with your little brother can be a lot of fun.

to horse around - Examples:

1)  Later at the pub, Dick and Joe start horsing around, pretending to fight.

2)  ... from the plates that the servers were very sloppy. They were more interested in horsing around than serving us.

3)  But when you're out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard.

4)  I was sold on play. I was hooked on horsing around. Play equals profit in my book!

5)  Many of the news reports say the Roch boys were horsing around at the restaurant, throwing food at each other when somebody at another table ...

6)  Kids being kids will horse around and it doesn't take much to be knocked unconscious.

7)  That's some good gun thinking there -- Don't horse around with one unless you think it's unloaded.

8)  ... laughed and recalled getting angry at the teenagers he shared a classroom with who would horse around and make it difficult to learn.

9)  The actors sing, dance, recite, horse around and keep the audience in the palm of their hands.

10)  ... the hard work was behind me, I felt I deserved some time off to horse around.

11)  ... runs into two young boys, brothers, looking for the Egyptian room. He horses around with them a little and asks them if they know what mummies are.

12)  NY Jets Quarterback, Tim Tebow horses around in practice before game in Seattle.

13)  What this means is that if a company or manager horses around with the payroll, and payment drags on beyond 30 days ...

14)  He fell into believing his own pre-publicity, horsed around too much, took offense too easily, suggested unwanted ideas and wouldn't ...

15)  ... they dined on rations, into the wee hours they horsed around, occasionally kicking dirt in one another.

16)  Some horsed around, others clicked away on cameras or mobile phones.

17)  Because it was a rainy day, the kids and Jo were holed up and horsed around in the room all afternoon while hub and I visited the project site.

18)  At the end of the hour, Jake and Sam horsed around in front of the television while Addison paid them and their persistent neuroses no ...

19)  ... two bare-chested young boys horsed around and tossed reeds into the water while the mother ...

20)  ... they ended up ripping each other's shirts as they horsed around.