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hocus-pocus

[ hoh-kuhs-poh-kuhs ]
/ 藞ho蕣 k蓹s藞po蕣 k蓹s /
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noun
a meaningless chant or expression used in conjuring or incantation.
a juggler's trick; sleight of hand.
trickery; deception.
unnecessarily mysterious or elaborate activity or talk to cover up a deception, magnify a simple purpose, etc.
verb (used with object), ho路cus-po路cused, ho路cus-po路cus路ing or (especially British) ho路cus-po路cussed, ho路cus-po路cus路sing.
to play tricks on or with.
verb (used without object), ho路cus-po路cused, ho路cus-po路cus路ing or (especially British) ho路cus-po路cussed, ho路cus-po路cus路sing.
to perform tricks; practice trickery or deception.
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Origin of hocus-pocus

First recorded in 1615鈥25; pseudo-Latin rhyming formula used by jugglers and magicians

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British Dictionary definitions for hocus-pocus

hocus-pocus
/ (藞h蓹蕣k蓹s藞p蓹蕣k蓹s) /

noun
trickery or chicanery
mystifying jargon
an incantation used by conjurors or magicians when performing tricks
conjuring skill or practice
verb -cuses, -cusing, -cused, -cuses, -cussing or -cussed
to deceive or trick (someone)

Word Origin for hocus-pocus

C17: perhaps a dog-Latin formation invented by jugglers
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