hocus-pocus definition

  • noun:
    • Nonsense terms or expressions made use of as a formula by quack conjurers.
    • A trick done by a magician or juggler; sleight-of-hand.
    • Foolishness or empty pretense used particularly to disguise deception or chicanery.
    • a particular act of trickery or nonsense.
    • a phrase used by magicians or conjurers in pretended incantations.
    • A juggler or trickster.
    • A magician's technique; a cheat; nonsense.
    • Obfuscating talk or elaborate but meaningless task intended to cover a deception or even confuse what is in fact occurring; spoken misrepresentation designed to benefit from you in some manner.
    • A juggler; a trickster.
    • A juggler’ technique; a cheat employed by conjurers; jugglery.
    • spoken misrepresentation meant to make the most of you one way or another
  • verb-transitive:
    • To play tricks on; deceive.
    • To cheat.
  • interjection:
    • A phrase used as a magical incantation to bring about some modification.
  • others:
    • Juggling; cheating.
    • To juggle; deceive; cheat.

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