jiggery-pokery

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jig·​gery-pok·​ery | \ ˈji-gər-ē-ˈpō-kər-ē How to pronounce jiggery-pokery (audio) \

Definition of jiggery-pokery

: underhanded manipulation or dealings : trickery

First Known Use of jiggery-pokery

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jiggery-pokery

probably alteration of Scots joukery-pawkery, from jouk to dodge, cheat + pawk trick, wile

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The first known use of jiggery-pokery was circa 1892

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“Jiggery-pokery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiggery-pokery. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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jiggery-pokery

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English Language Learners Definition of jiggery-pokery

British, informal : dishonest or suspicious activity

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