Definition of jiggery-pokery in English:
nouninformal, chiefly British
- 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.
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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