Meaning of “hocus-pocus” in the English Dictionary

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"hocus-pocus" in British English

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hocus-pocusnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌhəʊ.kəsˈpəʊ.kəs/ us /ˌhoʊ.kəsˈpoʊ.kəs/

tricks used to deceive, or words used to hide what is happening or make it not clear:

So much of what politicians say is just hocus-pocus.

words said by a magician (= a performer who pretends to do magical things) when they are doing a trick

(Definition of “hocus-pocus” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hocus-pocusnoun [ U ]

us /ˌhoʊ·kəˈspoʊ·kəs/

tricks used to deceive or words used to hide what is happening, esp. by making the actual situation difficult to understand:

Like so many politicians, he relies on a lot of statistical hocus-pocus.

(Definition of “hocus-pocus” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)