fool about

phrasal verb
fooled about; fooling about; fools about

Definition of fool about

British, informal
1 : to do things that are not useful or serious : to waste time : to do things slowly We fooled about outdoors for a while, but then went inside to get some work done.
2 : to have sex with someone who is not one's husband, wife, or regular partner His wife discovered that he was fooling about (on her).

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