hocus-pocus


1ho·cus–po·cus

noun \ˌhō-kəs-ˈpō-kəs\

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

Full Definition of HOCUS-POCUS

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

2hocus–pocus

transitive verb
hocus–pocussed or hocus–pocusedhocus–pocus·sing or hocus–pocus·ing

Definition of HOCUS-POCUS

:  to play tricks on

First Known Use of HOCUS-POCUS

1774

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