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ho•cus-po•cus



Pronunciation: (hō'kus-pō'kus), [key]
n., v., -cused, -cus•ing or (esp. Brit.) -cussed, -cus•sing.


n.
1. a meaningless chant or expression used in conjuring or incantation.
2. a juggler's trick; sleight of hand.
3. trickery; deception.
4. unnecessarily mysterious or elaborate activity or talk to cover up a deception, magnify a simple purpose, etc.

v.t.
to play tricks on or with.

v.i.
to perform tricks; practice trickery or deception.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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