[ hoh-kuh s ]
/ ˈhoʊ kəs /

verb (used with object), ho·cused, ho·cus·ing or (especially British) ho·cussed, ho·cus·sing.

to play a trick on; hoax; cheat.
to stupefy with drugged liquor.
to drug (liquor).


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Origin of hocus

First recorded in 1665–75; short for hocus-pocus
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British Dictionary definitions for hocus

/ (ˈhəʊkəs) /

verb -cuses, -cusing, -cused, -cuses, -cussing or -cussed (tr) rare

to take in; trick
to stupefy, esp with a drug
to add a drug to (a drink)
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