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hoax

noun [C]     /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
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