hocus-pocussed love

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  • Whether there was "something in" for the force to arrest and convict or not, as a matter of fact the thieves were sooner or later hocus-pocussed out of their share, either by the police, by some untrustworthy fence, or by some lawyer who was pitched upon to work back the securities on a percentage.

    Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison Fifteen Years in Solitude

  • This fellow Strange, with his fortune-tellin 'and his charms and his conjures, has hocus-pocussed the whole neighborhood.

    Heart of the Sunset

  • To my mind the "Absolute" philosophies were finally knocked on the head by Hamilton; and the "Unknowable" in Mr. Spencer's sense is merely the Absolute redivivus, a sort of ghost of an extinct philosophy, the name of a negation hocus-pocussed into a sham thing.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • To my mind the "Absolute" philosophies were finally knocked on the head by Hamilton; and the "Unknowable" in Mr. Spencer's sense is merely the Absolute redivivus, a sort of ghost of an extinct philosophy, the name of a negation hocus-pocussed into a sham thing.

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 3

  • Some cherished legend of the past, you'll say -- "_How Moses hocus-pocussed_ 25

    Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning

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