- 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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- (tr usually foll by up) to overplay (a part, etc)
C20: perhaps from hokum
Word Origin and History for hoking
often hoke up, 1935, theatrical slang, probably shortened from hokum.
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