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English definition of “hocus-pocus”

hocus-pocus

noun [U]     /ˌhəʊ.kəsˈpəʊ.kəs/ US  /ˌhoʊ.kəsˈpoʊ-/
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.Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping
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