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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.
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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
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