- 1Meaningless talk or activity, often designed to draw attention away from and disguise what is actually happening: some people still view psychology as a lot of hocus-pocusMore example sentences
- And no amount of organic industry hocus-pocus can make that truth disappear.
- His bill not only includes some $400 million a year in direct subsidies, but it also attempts to bamboozle us with linguistic hocus-pocus, simply defining away the industry's environmental ugliness.
- He never offers specifics; it's all hocus-pocus.
- 1.1A form of words often used by a person performing magic tricks.More example sentences
- ‘Maybe you'd prefer abracadabra hocus-pocus,’ said Madi nastily, and the room was filled with pretty multicoloured sparkles which eventually faded away.
- The power of magick is not just hocus-pocus, a wiggle of a rat, and a curse with a bat.
- Up to that point it was all potions and hocus-pocus.
- 1.2US Deception; trickery.More example sentences
magic, sleight of hand, conjuring, witchcraft, wizardry, sorcery; deception, sham, devilry, trickery• informal scam
- Our most beloved hocus-pocus of all is the idea that economic growth will rescue us from all our troubles - but last fall the economy grew 8 percent without creating any new jobs to speak of.
- There is no hocus-pocus, no aggressive posturing or screaming for effect.
- As I've already said, there are lots of people who are sceptical about psychics, and think that's it's just hocus-pocus.
early 17th century: from hax pax max Deus adimax, a pseudo-Latin phrase used as a magic formula by conjurors.