- to play a trick on; hoax; cheat.
- to stupefy with drugged liquor.
- to drug (liquor).
Origin of hocus
First recorded in 1665–75; short for hocus-pocus
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Examples from the Web for hocus
So how did 18-year-old Jason Marsden get cast as the voice of a talking cat in Hocus Pocus?
Finally, in the spirit of Hocus Pocus, what are your Halloween plans this year?
Hocus loved her best, believing her to be his own, got upon the body of Mrs. Bull.
In his most impressive style he undertook to administer a solemn rebuke for the use of such words as jockey and hocus.Lord Randolph Churchill
Winston Spencer Churchill
Hocus pocus, gipsy words of magic, similar to the modern presto fly.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
A good swinging sum of John's readiest cash went towards building of Hocus's country house.
This has been Hocus's constant language, and I am sure he has had obligations enough to us to have acted another part.
- to take in; trick
- to stupefy, esp with a drug
- to add a drug to (a drink)
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