jiggery-pokery love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Underhand scheming or behavior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of a person in some way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Trickery or misrepresentation.
  • noun Manipulation
  • noun An ambiguous reference to sexual intercourse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of joukery-pawkery : from Scots jouk, to dodge (probably from duck) + Scots pawk, trick.]


  • I would have Donna burning and some sort of Torchwood headband jiggery-pokery delaying mechanism on her so she can think but grows more incoherant as the episode progresses.

    Humperdinck: "Now, if we only had a wheelbarrow..."

  • And this point is made flesh, really, by John Lanchester, who illuminated all this nefarious financial jiggery-pokery – but Whoops was a side-dish or an amuse-bouche to the main project, Capital, a great monster of a novel, which does more than illuminate finance: it animates it; and that's when you fully comprehend something, when you can see its face.

    No time for novels – should we ditch fiction in times of crisis?

  • I'm quite good at jiggery-pokery and we had one teacher retire and another land a university job, so here are Kelly and Rachael.

    Outstanding new teacher: dazzling performer

  • And I liked seeing the original Avengers used due to some time jiggery-pokery.

    Agents of Atlas » Comics Worth Reading

  • Odd, come to think, as gypsies are generally associated with all manner of jiggery-pokery.

    conversation at metro diner | clusterflock

  • Statistical jiggery-pokery from Gallup concluded that a tall, married with children, Asian-American, observant Jew of over 65, living in Hawaii and running his own business with an income of over $120,000 a year would be the most content person alive today.

    This week: Jacques Chirac, Matt Baker, Alvin Wong

  • The talk was of planning permission, brownfield and greenfield sites and legal jiggery-pokery, but at its heart was the same tricky notion of fairness that beat within Humphrys' programme.

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  • Monsieur Ritz would leave in a cloud of financial jiggery-pokery and scandal in 1897, but nothing would tarnish the triumph of the new Savoy, not least because its provision of a bathroom for every bedroom (an almost other-worldly luxury in late 19th-century London) brought more or less every rich American bent on European travel to its wide and welcoming doors.

    The Smartest Hotel in the World

  • Don't come to me with your sociological jiggery-pokery; it's all coincidence and barely worthy of remark.

    There's only one class of joke, and that's funny

  • Both these worthies returning unexpectedly at this point, the dog at once spotted what it assumed to be jiggery-pokery taking place, and gave tongue in an altogether proper manner.

    Songs of Love & Death


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  • Deceitful or dishonest ‘manipulation’; hocus-pocus, humbug.

    Boy. That sure ain't what I thought of when I first saw this word.

    February 2, 2007

  • "'Look here,' he said, 'I'm beginning to think there's been some jiggery-pokery somewhere.'"

    Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones, p 73 of the 2001 hardcover edition

    July 29, 2010

  • used in this Questionable Content

    July 27, 2011

  • spotted on the Daily Show, thanks to Justice Scalia.

    June 30, 2015

  • Editorial cartoonist Rebecca Hendin: http://www.gocomics.com/rebecca-hendin/2015/07/04

    July 6, 2015