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    Question Re: To bag school

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can "slope off" from anything - work, school, a party, a meeting etc. It just means to leave quietly and, as you said, covertly so that no-one notices you leave.

    Hope you don't mind me asking this, but, could 'bunk off' mean the same as 'slope off', say in the case of a party?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hope you don't mind me asking this, but, could 'bunk off' mean the same as 'slope off', say in the case of a party?


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    I've personally never used (or heard) "bunk off" for anything other than school. I don't even know if it's still used. It was the main phrase 25 years ago (OUCH!) when I was at school!

    The two have different senses.

    If you slope off, then you leave somewhere/something that you have already turned up at. If you went to a party but you decided to leave early - you slope off at 10pm.

    If you bunk off school, you don't go in at all. You might leave the house in your school uniform but you never actually arrive at school. You spend the whole day somewhere else, probably with some friends, and then you go home later in the day. Your parents think you've been to school but you haven't been anywhere near the building!

    To slope off, you have to have been in attendance in the first place.

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