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Reportedly a form of hocus. Possibly from hocus-pocus or Latin iocus meaning "joke".
Perhaps alteration of hocus
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
In November 1942, a cruel hoax was played upon the Camp.
Other believe they are nothing more than a hoax.
As more people watched the video the rumors surfaced that it was a hoax.
There have been claims that these sunscreens may cause eye damage, but this appears to be a hoax.
This change in climate was compounded by criminally negligent people posting hoax packages.
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