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jiggery-pokery

[jig-uh-ree-poh-kuh-ree]
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noun Chiefly British.
  1. trickery, hocus-pocus; fraud; humbug.
  2. sly, underhanded action.
  3. manipulation: After a little jiggery-pokery, the engine started.

Origin of jiggery-pokery

1890–95; alteration of joukery-pawkery. See jouk, pawky, -ery
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Examples from the Web for jiggery-pokery

Historical Examples

  • You don't think any jiggery-pokery of this sort is going to snatch Clayton into the world of shades.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream

    H. G. Wells


British Dictionary definitions for jiggery-pokery

jiggery-pokery

noun
  1. informal, mainly British dishonest or deceitful behaviour or business; trickery

Word Origin

C19: from Scottish dialect joukery-pawkery
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