pop·​py·​cock | \ ˈpä-pē-ˌkäk How to pronounce poppycock (audio) \

Definition of poppycock

: empty talk or writing : nonsense

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Examples of poppycock in a Sentence

That's a lot of poppycock! starting with the cherry tree, much of what was written by Washington's early biographers was pure poppycock

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For a website that proclaims it is providing the truth and nothing but the facts, this line about the tax cuts and economic growth is poppycock. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "N.D. Republican’s Senate campaign ‘fact-checking’ website promotes false claim on CBO estimates," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of poppycock

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poppycock

Dutch dialect pappekak, literally, soft dung, from Dutch pap pap + kak dung

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English Language Learners Definition of poppycock

informal + old-fashioned : foolish words or ideas

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to take the place or position of

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