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hoax

noun [C] uk   /həʊks/ us    /hoʊks/
a plan to deceive someone, such as telling the police there is a bomb somewhere when there is not one, or a trick: The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax. He'd made a hoax call claiming to be the president.Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping

hoax

verb [T] uk   /həʊks/ us    /hoʊks/
to deceive, especially by playing a trick on someoneCheating and trickingPlotting and trapping
hoaxer
noun [C] uk   /ˈhəʊk.sər/ us    /ˈhoʊk.sɚ/
Miscellaneous criminalsDishonest peopleLies, lying and hypocrisyCheating and tricking
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