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jiggery-pokery Line breaks: jiggery-pokery
Pronunciation: /ˌdʒɪɡ(ə)rɪˈpəʊk(ə)ri/

Definition of jiggery-pokery in English:


[mass noun] informal, chiefly British
Deceitful or dishonest behaviour: the army’s intervention was disguised by constitutional jiggery-pokery
More example sentences
  • But this bit of scientific jiggery-pokery leaves my mind in an even more boggled state than usual.
  • However, they only managed to conjure this up by jiggery-pokery.
  • Why does that require ‘work’, unless there's some jiggery-pokery going on to ensure that the chart doesn't actually reflect the real numbers?


Late 19th century: probably a variant of Scots joukery-pawkery, from jouk.

  • This late 19th-century expression means ‘deceitful or dishonest behaviour’. It is probably a variant of Scots joukery-pawkery, from jouk ‘to skulk’.

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