Meaning of hocus-pocus


Pronunciation: (hō'kus-pō'kus), [key]
— n., v., -cused, -cus•ing -cussed, -cus•sing.
  1. a meaningless chant or expression used in conjuring or incantation.
  2. a juggler's trick; sleight of hand.
  3. trickery; deception.
  4. unnecessarily mysterious or elaborate activity or talk to cover up a deception, magnify a simple purpose, etc.
  1. to play tricks on or with.
  1. to perform tricks; practice trickery or deception.
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