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hocus–pocus

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noun ho·cus–po·cus \ˌhō-kəs-ˈpō-kəs\

Simple Definition of hocus–pocus

  • : language or activity that is meant to trick or confuse people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hocus–pocus

  1. 1 :  sleight of hand

  2. 2 :  nonsense or sham used especially to cloak deception

Origin of hocus–pocus

probably from hocus pocus, imitation Latin phrase used by jugglers


First Known Use: 1647

Rhymes with hocus–pocus


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hocus–pocus

verb, ho·cus–po·cus

Definition of hocus–pocus

hocus–pocussed or hocus–pocusedhocus–pocussing or hocus–pocusing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to play tricks on



1774

First Known Use of hocus–pocus

1774


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