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hocus

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verb ho·cus \ˈhō-kəs\

Definition of hocus

hocussed or hocusedhocussing or hocusing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to perpetrate a trick or hoax on :  deceive

  3. 2 :  to befuddle often with drugged liquor; also :  dope, drug <hocussed the favorite before the race>



Origin of hocus

obsolete hocus, noun, short for hocus-pocus


First Known Use: 1675

Rhymes with hocus


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