jiggery–pokery

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noun jig·gery–pok·ery \ˈji-gər-ē-ˈpō-kər-ē\

Definition of jiggery–pokery

  1. :  underhanded manipulation or dealings :  trickery

Origin and Etymology of jiggery–pokery

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


First Known Use: circa 1892


JIGGERY–POKERY Defined for English Language Learners

jiggery–pokery

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noun jig·gery–pok·ery \ˈji-gər-ē-ˈpō-kər-ē\

Definition of jiggery–pokery for English Language Learners

  • : dishonest or suspicious activity


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