Definition of hokey-pokey in English:

hokey-pokey

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Pronunciation: /həʊkɪˈpəʊki
 
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noun

informal
1 [mass noun] trademark Ice cream of a kind formerly sold on the street, especially by Italian street vendors.
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  • Interestingly, in late - 19 th-century Britain, hokey-pokey men were Italian street vendors selling ice-cream wrapped in waxed paper.
  • They sell hokey-pokey, either plain or covered in chocolate.
1.1NZ ( trademark in the UK) A kind of brittle toffee or honeycomb: she got me a double cone of hokey pokey
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  • In some areas this would solidify and subsequently be mined as pig treacle, or hokey-pokey, great sticky seams in the rock, but your real prospector would surely comb the wilderness for signs of the true liquid gold.
  • Hokey pokey ice cream is one of the most popular treats in New Zealand, evoking memories of childhood trips to the beach.
  • My friend made hokey pokey ice cream for a lunch party.
2US Deception; trickery.
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  • There was something kind of psychic about him, almost supernatural, and it was no surprise when I found out he was into that hokey-pokey and read a lot about magic and mysticism.
3 (the hokey-pokey) US term for hokey-cokey.
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  • I'm the typical American white guy, so watching me dance is like seeing the Pillsbury Doughboy doing the hokey-pokey.
  • We learn the hokey pokey when we're kids and as we become adults, we learn the latest crazes.
  • Try dancing with your children. Do the Hokey Pokey, the bunny hop and such.

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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