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Monday, June 01, 2015

Definitions for jiggery-pokery

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

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Citations for jiggery-pokery
A wealth of impure jiggery-pokery, much of it very funny, all of it unusable; a spate of “fixables”; a bunch of excellent poetry (see below) and a partridge in a pear tree. Mary Ann Madden, “New York Magazine Competition,” New York, October 9, 1972
The ghost is real and Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm, who so brilliantly rendered the original series of The Killing, even lets you see said phantom occasionally strolling past a darkened window or glaring horribly in a bathroom mirror. The thrill of it all is in the reactions of the spooked, rather than the clever jiggery-pokery that allows furniture to become mobile or a marble to stop dead at someone’s feet. Julia Raeside, "The Enfield Haunting review: an outstanding chiller of gothic goings-on," The Guardian, May 11, 2015
Origin of jiggery-pokery
Jiggery-pokery entered English in the late 1800s and is an alteration of the Scots expression joukery-pawkery.