play around


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v play around work with in an amateurish manner "She dabbles in astronomy","He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"
    • v play around commit adultery "he plays around a lot"
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  • Bible
    “Hard work brings prosperity; playing around brings poverty.”


In literature:

He acknowledged that he lived in slavery days, "but was a small boy, walking and playing around at that time".
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
It was in the air that there would be big play, and men crowded around.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
For FOLLY's presence spoils the attractive grace That plays around the most bewitching face.
"The First of April" by William Combe
The cats will be playing around again in five minutes.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
The fire danced and glowed, while its leaping flames sent fantastic shadows playing hide and seek around the room.
"The Outdoor Girls on Pine Island" by Laura Lee Hope
You must not stare around all over creation when you are playing ball.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume V. (of X.)" by Various
Children were playing and bathing in the shallows, oblivious of the dead around them.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
Somebody else was playing a flashlight around at the stern, which was completely smashed.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
Probably the leader ... and if so, undoubtedly a dangerous man to play around with.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
On one occasion a flame played around his head, as he was asleep, without harming him.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence

In poetry:

“For me love played the low preludes,
Yet life began but with the ring,
Such infinite solicitudes
Around it cling.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
The vivid lightning's transient rays
Around my temples play;
'Tis all the light my fate affords,
To mark my thorny way.
"Lewin and Gynneth" by Mary Darby Robinson
They sleep ‘neath tasselled tea-trees,
The drowsy summer day,
Where the tiny crimson love-birds
Around them dart and play.
"Fairies" by Alice Guerin Crist
Reflection, oft to sad remembrace brought
The well-known spot, where they so oft had stray'd;
While fond affection ten-fold ardor caught.
And smiling innocence around them play'd.
"Henry and Eliza" by Thomas Gent
Just sixteen spring-tides hast thou seen
Beneath the forest shade,
And ever sweet and mild of mien,
Like sunbeam hast thou played
Around my widowed home and heart—
Yet thou and I must quickly part.
"White Canoe—A Legend Of Niagara Falls" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Then the vivid lightning played around them, and the thunder did roar,
And the rain came pouring down, and lashed the barque all o'er;
Then the Captain's Wife and Children were ordered below,
And every one on board began to run to and fro.
"The Wreck of the Barque 'Lynton'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Ballard Alps will stick around to play during the day on Saturday as well.
Bama is already playing a game in the dome and UGA does not need the gators sniffing around in Atlanta ever other year.
You just hope that everyone else that's built around him offensively doesn't also have the big plays.
People working around teams shouldn't even play bingo at church.
Doesn't anybody around here know how to play this game.
It's all right to play around that barn, but don't go inside'.
Two-year-old Finley Knight plays around on a pile of pumpkins in this Denver Post file photo.
An attacking defensive front has knocked around Andrew Luck and the offense has gotten big-play production from Kenny Britt .
In a shameless attempt to promote his new play " Bullet for Adolf," Woody Harrelson recently paraded three topless women around Times Square with the play's title written above their chests.
Noah plays with tough Philly crowd, leads team over 76ers with stellar all-around play.
The recently activated 2012 NFL Draft Machine lets us quickly play around with various mock scenarios.
If you're Microsoft, that doesn't matter — at least not the way it does to its pure-play music competitors , which have built their entire businesses around the concept.
Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors and other Grand Slam champions will play a series of matches around the country in October and November.
Family gatherings during the holidays often involve everyone sitting around, catching up while children play with the toys they received as gifts.
Guitarist Jason Vieaux has played with 50 orchestras around the country and has made 11 CDs.

In science:

Non-trivial holonomy is therefore expected to play a role in the con fined phase (i.e. for T < Tc ) where the trace of the Polyakov loop fluctuates around small values.
A Review of Instanton Quarks and Confinement
Yet, galaxies and the stars within them form out of collapsing gas clouds and both the amount of gas and its distribution within and around galaxies play critical roles in the story of galaxy evolution.
Conference Summary: HI Science in the Next Decade
When all the wealth is sufficiently closely concentrated around the equilibrium a rational player need only play the equilibrium strategy.
The Reality Game
These examples play around the notions of axially symmetric sets and of rearrangement by spherical caps, that are briefly reviewed in Section 3.1.
Quantitative stability in the isodiametric inequality via the isoperimetric inequality
Thus although accretion may have played a role in the evolution of the bulge of the Milky Way, satellite galaxies like those we see around us now cannot have dominated.
Galactic Bulges