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
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
verb -cuses, -cusing, -cused, -cuses, -cussing or -cussed
Word Origin for hocus-pocus
1620s, Hocas Pocas, common name of a magician or juggler, a sham-Latin invocation used in tricks, probably based on a perversion of the sacramental blessing from the Mass, Hoc est corpus meum "This is my body." The first to make this speculation on its origin apparently was English prelate John Tillotson (1630-1694).
I will speak of one man ... that went about in King James his time ... who called himself, the Kings Majesties most excellent Hocus Pocus, and so was called, because that at the playing of every Trick, he used to say, Hocus pocus, tontus tabantus, vade celeriter jubeo, a dark composure of words, to blinde the eyes of the beholders, to make his Trick pass the more currantly without discovery. [Thomas Ady, "A Candle in the Dark," 1655]