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verb (used with object), hoked, hok·ing.
  1. 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.
  1. hokum.

Origin of hoke

1930–35; back formation from hokey or hokum
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  1. (tr usually foll by up) to overplay (a part, etc)

Word Origin for hoke

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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