jiggery-pokery

[ jig-uh-ree-poh-kuh-ree ]
/ ˈdʒɪg ə riˈpoʊ kə ri /

noun Chiefly British.

trickery, hocus-pocus; fraud; humbug.
sly, underhanded action.
manipulation: After a little jiggery-pokery, the engine started.

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Origin of jiggery-pokery

1890–95; alteration of joukery-pawkery.See jouk, pawky, -ery

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  • You don't think any jiggery-pokery of this sort is going to snatch Clayton into the world of shades.

British Dictionary definitions for jiggery-pokery

jiggery-pokery
/ (ˈdʒɪɡərɪˈpəʊkərɪ) /

noun

informal, mainly British dishonest or deceitful behaviour or business; trickery

Word Origin for jiggery-pokery

C19: from Scottish dialect joukery-pawkery
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