Definition of hocus in English:

hocus

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊkəs
 
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verb (hocusses, hocussing, hocussed or hocuses, hocusing, hocused)

[with object] archaic
  • 1Deceive (someone): these people have been hocussed and cheated by the government
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    • 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.
  • 2Stupefy (someone) with drugs, typically for a criminal purpose: he was hocussed at supper and lost £800
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    • But I was one night suspected of hocussing and robbing a sailor, and - though if I was on my death-bed I could swear that I never had any hand in the affair at all - I was so blown upon that I was forced to shift my quarters.

Origin

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

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