Grabass Meaning

(informal, idiomatic, often used with the verb play) Rowdy behavior; general horseplay or foolery.

Example: 1976, Thomas Glynn, Temporary Sanity: A Novel, ISBN 9780914590293, p. 66 (Google preview):
  [T]hey wouldn't do any work then, just hang around and drink and play grabass with her and she didn't want that.
1997, Lee K. Abbott, "Chapter One of Wet Places at Noon," New York Times (retrieved 11 Dec 2015):
  Bobby was bear-hugging Sammy Vaughn and then playing grab-ass with Sammy's ex-wife Alice.
2010, Regan Taylor, The Glass Cage, ISBN 9781606011874, p. 81 (Google preview):
  "I'm thinking a rousing game of grabass is in my future while you load the dishwasher." . . .
  "So y'all plannin' on grabbing my ass?"
  "That and a few other tempting body parts."
1967, Cool Hand Luke (film):
  "There's no playing grab-ass or fighting in the building. You got a grudge against another man, you fight him Saturday afternoon. Any man playing grab-ass or fighting in the building spends a night in the box."
1977, Philp Caputo, A Rumor of War (2014 Macmillan edition), ISBN 9781429959667, p. 46 (Google preview):
  "Anything else? Yes, Lieutenant Lemmon?"
  "Yes, sir," Lemmon drawled. "How do I get out of this chicken-shit outfit?"
  "Knock off the grabass, Glen. Okay, listen up. When you brief your people, make it clear that our mission is defensive only."