February 1st, 2010

Colin

"to be in and out of college"

Hi,
I'm French and I'm working on a text for my english class in which there's a phrase I can't manage to translate. I think I get the meaning but I'd like to be sure. I can't find it in my dictionnary, nor on the Internet.

It says : "Sam, the son of a high school principal in a small city, was in and out of college"
Does it mean that Sam skips classes? Is it something casual to say? Could I say "he's in and out of highschool" or does the phrase only apply to college?

If you speak French, could I simply translate it by "Sam séchait beaucoup les cours" or does the phrase convey something more?

Thanks for your answers! :)
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