hocus

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verb ho·cus \ˈhō-kəs\

Definition of hocus

hocussed

or

hocused

;

hocussing

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 and Etymology of hocus

obsolete hocus, noun, short for hocus-pocus


First Known Use: 1675

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