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.
late 17th century: from an obsolete noun hocus 'trickery', from hocus-pocus.
Definition of hocus in:
- The British & World English dictionary