verb (hocusses, hocussing, hocussed or hocuses, hocusing, hocused)[with object] • archaic
- 1Deceive (someone): these people have been hocussed and cheated by the governmentMore 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.
- 2Stupefy (someone) with drugs, typically for a criminal purpose: he was hocussed at supper and lost £800More example sentences
- 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.
late 17th century: from an obsolete noun hocus 'trickery', from hocus-pocus.
More definitions of hocusDefinition of hocus in:
- The US English dictionary