hog·​wash ˈhȯg-ˌwȯsh How to pronounce hogwash (audio)

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hogwash was in the 15th century

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“Hogwash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hogwash. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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