Definition of jiggery-pokery in English:


Syllabification: jig·ger·y-pok·er·y
Pronunciation: /ˌjiɡərēˈpōkərē


informal , chiefly British
Deceitful or dishonest behavior.
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  • 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 'dodge, skulk', of unknown origin.

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