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hocus-pocus

noun ho·cus-po·cus \ ˌhō-kəs-ˈpō-kəs \

Definition of hocus-pocus

2 :nonsense or sham used especially to cloak deception

Origin and Etymology of hocus-pocus

probably from hocus pocus, imitation Latin phrase used by jugglers

hocus-pocus Synonyms


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hocus-pocus

verb

Definition of hocus-pocus

hocus-pocussed or hocus-pocused; hocus-pocussing or hocus-pocusing
transitive verb
:to play tricks on

First Known Use of hocus-pocus

1774


HOCUS-POCUS Defined for English Language Learners

hocus-pocus

noun

Definition of hocus-pocus for English Language Learners

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



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