Definition of jiggery-pokery in English:

jiggery-pokery

Syllabification: jig·ger·y-pok·er·y
Pronunciation: /ˌjigərē ˈpōkərē
 
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noun

informal , chiefly British
  • Deceitful or dishonest behavior.
    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?

Origin

late 19th century: probably a variant of Scots joukery-pawkery, from jouk 'dodge, skulk', of unknown origin.

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