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"mumbo jumbo" in British English

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mumbo jumbonoun [U]

uk   /ˌmʌm.bəʊˈdʒʌm.bəʊ/  us   /-boʊˈdʒʌm.boʊ/ informal
words or ​activities that ​seemcomplicated or ​mysterious but have no ​realmeaning: You don't ​believe in ​horoscopes and all that mumbo ​jumbo, do you?
(Definition of mumbo jumbo from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mumbo jumbonoun [U]

 us   /ˌmʌm·boʊ ˈdʒʌm·boʊ/
words or ​activities that are ​unnecessarilycomplicated or ​mysterious and ​seemmeaningless: Financial ​information is just mumbo jumbo to me.
(Definition of mumbo jumbo from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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