Definition of hocus in English:

hocus

Syllabification: ho·cus
Pronunciation: /ˈhōkəs
 
/

verb (hocuses, hocusing, hocused or British hocuses, hocussing, hocussed)

[with object] archaic
Deceive (someone): these people have been hocussed and cheated by the government
More example sentences
  • This applies particularly to commercial albumin, especially egg, which is hocused to a great extent by the unscrupulous.
  • I think you were hocused by the telephoto lens that was apparantly used to take the photograph you are referring to.
  • These surfers have hocused the Feds for long enough.

Origin

late 17th century: from an obsolete noun hocus 'trickery', from hocus-pocus.

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