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hoaxnoun [C]

us   /hoʊks/
a plan to deceive a large group of people; a trick: It is a cruel hoax, she said, to encourage people to think they have a real chance to win the lottery.
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"hoax" in British English

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hoaxnoun [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.

hoaxverb [T]

uk   /həʊks/ us   /hoʊks/
to deceive, especially by playing a trick on someone
hoaxer
noun [C] uk   /ˈhəʊk.sər/ us   /ˈhoʊk.sɚ/
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hoaxverb [T]

uk   /həʊks/ us  
to deceive someone, especially by playing a trick on them: A fake website was set up and a number of people were hoaxed.
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hoaxnoun [C]

uk   /həʊks/ us  
a trick or something else that is intended to deceive someone: A hoax led thousands to donate to a fake charity. a cruel/elaborate hoax
(Definition of hoax from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hoax”
in Vietnamese trò chơi khăm…
in Spanish engaño, trampa, broma pesada…
in Malaysian tipu helah…
in Thai การหลอกลวง…
in French tour…
in German die Falschmeldung…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡作劇,騙局…
in Russian надувательство, ложная тревога…
in Turkish muziplik, oyun, şaka…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶作剧,骗局…
in Indonesian tipuan…
in Polish żart…
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