Hocus-pocus meaning

hōkəs-pōkəs
Nonsense words or phrases used as a formula by quack conjurers.
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A trick performed by a magician or juggler; sleight-of-hand.
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Foolishness or empty pretense used especially to disguise deception or chicanery.
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To play tricks on; deceive.
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Meaningless words used as a formula by conjurers.
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A magician's trick or trickery; sleight of hand; legerdemain.
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Any meaningless action or talk drawing attention away from some deception.
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Trickery; deception.
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To trick; dupe.
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Alternative spelling of hocus-pocus.
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(colloquial) To cheat.

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A phrase used as a magical incantation to bring about some change.
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A specific act of trickery or nonsense.

What kind of hocus-pocus is this?

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Alternative spelling of hocus-pocus.
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Origin of hocus-pocus

  • Possibly from an alteration of Latin hoc est corpus (meum) this is (my) body (words used in the Eucharist at the time of transubstantiation)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dates from the 17th century when used by jugglers and magicians as a nonsense magical incantation. . Some believe it is a corruption of words from the Roman Catholic liturgy of the Eucharist, hoc est corpus meum, although this is disputed.

    From Wiktionary