- to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value (usually followed by up): a political speech hoked up with phony statistics.
Origin of hoke
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Examples from the Web for hoke
The Crisis still clings to the conviction that a vote for Woodrow Wilson was NOT a vote for Cole Blease or Hoke Smith.David's Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk
May 5, 2013
By and by it struck Hoke that it was time they reached the doctors dwelling.
Mike had been instant to read the trick of Hoke, and he helped all he could.
You are ready to admit, Hoke, that there are bigger fools than Zip.
I left no scent when I stepped into the brook, replied Hoke.
Presently Hoke came plodding up from the field, and smiled as he passed her.The Mountain Girl
- (tr usually foll by up) to overplay (a part, etc)
C20: perhaps from hokum
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Word Origin and History for hoke
often hoke up, 1935, theatrical slang, probably shortened from hokum.
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