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hocus–pocus

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noun ho·cus–po·cus \ˌhō-kəs-ˈpō-kəs\

Definition of hocus–pocus

  1. 1 :  sleight of hand

  2. 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


First Known Use: 1647


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hocus–pocus

verb ho·cus–po·cus

Definition of hocus–pocus

hocus–pocussed

or

hocus–pocused

;

hocus–pocussing

or

hocus–pocusing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to play tricks on

1774

First Known Use of hocus–pocus

1774


HOCUS–POCUS Defined for English Language Learners

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hocus–pocus

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noun ho·cus–po·cus \ˌhō-kəs-ˈpō-kəs\

Definition of hocus–pocus for English Language Learners

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

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