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"hocus-pocus" in British English

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hocus-pocusnoun [U]

uk   /ˌhəʊ.kəsˈpəʊ.kəs/  us   /ˌhoʊ.kəsˈpoʊ-/
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 ​actualsituationdifficult 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)
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