verb (used with object), ho·cus-po·cused, ho·cus-po·cus·ing or (especially British) ho·cus-po·cussed, ho·cus-po·cus·sing.
verb (used without object), ho·cus-po·cused, ho·cus-po·cus·ing or (especially British) ho·cus-po·cussed, ho·cus-po·cus·sing.
Origin of hocus-pocus
SYNONYMS FOR hocus-pocus
Examples from the Web for hocus-pocus
"There's some hocus-pocus about this," whispered Trask, as he and Locke moved forward for a private talk.Isle o' Dreams|Frederick F. Moore
Can't you pull the cork out of your magnetism with your teeth and hocus-pocus them handcuffs off?'The Gentle Grafter|O. Henry
With hocus-pocus like that no dog is lured from the stove in the real world.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)|Frank Wedekind
I defy any man to look between the lines and scent my hocus-pocus game.The Long Chance|Peter B. Kyne
If anything, she's deadly logical; when her mind puzzles us it's never by hocus-pocus, but simply by swiftness in operation.Brother Copas|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch