from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nonsense words or phrases used as a formula by quack conjurers.
- n. A trick performed by a magician or juggler; sleight-of-hand.
- n. Foolishness or empty pretense used especially to disguise deception or chicanery.
- transitive v. To play tricks on; deceive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. A phrase used as a magical incantation to bring about some change.
- n. A specific act of trickery or nonsense.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A term used by magicians or conjurers in pretended incantations.
- n. A juggler or trickster.
- n. A magician's trick; a cheat; nonsense.
- n. Obfuscating talk or elaborate but meaningless activity intended to hide a deception or to obscure what is actually happening; verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way.
- transitive v. To cheat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A juggler; a trickster.
- n. A juggler’ trick; a cheat used by conjurers; jugglery.
- Juggling; cheating.
- To juggle; deceive; cheat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
In the 17th century, Archbishop of Canterbury John Tillotson speculated that the term "hocus-pocus" was rooted in the Latin "hoc est corpus" in the
“A bunch of Catholic hocus-pocus gave you a skin condition?”
In Canada, Codan is a farm involved in some Stygian hocus-pocus, breeding genetically altered sheep, and is where I found this delightful picture ...
Even with the hocus-pocus, this movie has my allegiance - and not only for its well-considered view of dance.
Right now the school is stuck between students and alumni with money and Professors that dont want to trade their irrelevant hocus-pocus they pass off as academic research creating a toxic atmosphere.
Even better, how about simply making it a heartfelt spoken wish for peace, etc, without the religious hocus-pocus? —
And no amount of financial hocus-pocus — for that is what the Geithner plan amounts to — will change that fact.
The handshake is still secret, but now there are so many hints and giveaways about Masonry's hocus-pocus on the Web, television and in the movies that lodges tell petitioners not to peek or they'll spoil the fun.
It's a space that changes you as soon as you walk in, subtly working its hocus-pocus and making you feel like a welcome character in this film noir come to life.
As a result, as long as a government official launders his or her preordained illegal activity through the hocus-pocus of a sufficiently loyal legal hack, neither the official nor the legal hack will ever be held to account for their central roles in breaking the law.