fool around
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to lose time)
a. perder el tiempo
Stop fooling around. We have a lot to get done.Deja de perder el tiempo. Tenemos mucho que hacer.
b. huevear
What are you doing? There is no time to fool around.¿Qué hacen? No hay tiempo para huevear.
c. holgazanear
Babe, stop fooling around and get out of the garage. We have to leave.Amor, deja de holgazanear y sal del garaje. Tenemos que irnos.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to be physically intimate)
a. toquetear
Charles wanted to fool around, but I hardly know him.Charles quería toquetear, pero apenas lo conozco.
b. enrollarse
Do you want to fool around a bit before the wedding?¿Quieres enrollarnos un rato antes de ir a la boda?
c. acostarse
I don't want to say anything bad about Angelina, but she fools around with a lot of guys.No quiero decir nada malo sobre Angelina, pero se acuesta con muchos tipos.
d. meterse
I never fooled around with Alejandro because he was a good friend of my ex-boyfriend.Yo nunca me metí con Alejandro porque era muy amigo de mi exnovio.
e. encamarse
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
I have a personal rule: I don't fool around with anyone until the fifth date.Tengo una regla personal: no me encamo con nadie hasta la quinta cita.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to play around or act foolishly)
a. hacer el tonto
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Don't fool around now. You need to get serious for this interview.No hagas el tonto ahora. Tienes que ponerte serio para esta entrevista.
b. hacer tonterías
Don't fool around. You're an adult. Behave like it.No hagas tonterías. Eres un adulto. Compórtate como tal.
c. tontear
What happened to Charlie? - He was punished at school because he was fooling around.¿Qué pasó con Charlie? – Lo castigaron en la escuela porque estaba tonteando.
4. (to joke)
a. bromear
I can't believe that you said that to me! - Calm down. I was fooling around.¡No puedo creer que me hayas dicho esto! – Cálmate. Estaba bromeando.
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