hog·​wash | \ ˈhȯg-ˌwȯsh How to pronounce hogwash (audio) , -ˌwäsh, ˈhäg-\

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Examples of hogwash in a Sentence

You wouldn't believe the hogwash he was spouting at us. the librarian told us a lot of hogwash about how you can go to jail for having overdue books

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According to Google’s usage graph, hogwash has become increasingly popular in the last 50 years. Stephen Miller, WSJ, "What’s Another Word for Derp?," 29 May 2018 Mr Trump’s tweets plainly show this to be hogwash, argue the Europeans; he is motivated by pure protectionism. The Economist, "Europe stands up for global trade rules," 26 Apr. 2018 However, even if Portnow only realizes one half of the reason his initial statement was hogwash, there's hope that women like Pink, Katy, and Charli XCX will keep this important conversation going as 2018's album releases come out. Alexis Nedd, Cosmopolitan, "Pink Slams Recording Academy President Who Said Women Need to "Step Up"," 30 Jan. 2018 Rutherford shows that most of these ideas are hogwash. National Geographic, "12 Books We Loved in 2017," 19 Dec. 2017 The contention that this state can’t afford free community college is hogwash. George Skelton, latimes.com, "This California lobbyist lost his home in the fires. All he wanted was for the governor to sign his bill — and he did," 23 Oct. 2017 Some appeals are being made to Trump, partly turning on assertions that release of some of the outstanding records could compromise current intelligence methods and still-living sources (the notion that everybody relevant is dead is hogwash). James Warren, The Hive, "Even Fox News Admits the O’Reilly Settlement Looks Bad," 23 Oct. 2017 But children look up to these athletes and take their word as truth, so more and more athletes voicing this B.S. belief means more and more minds corrupted with this total hogwash. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Oh No, Sammy Watkins Also Thinks the Earth is Flat," 20 Sep. 2017 That would be driven home by a subsequent blizzard of presidential lies and by enablers like Spicer, who would then go out and insist, with a straight face, that the president's hogwash was true. Leonard Pitts, Alaska Dispatch News, "Sean Spicer was funny… Wait a minute," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hogwash

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hogwash

informal : foolish or meaningless talk

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