Definition of jiggery-pokery in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌdʒɪg(ə)rɪˈpəʊk(ə)ri


[mass noun] informal , chiefly British
  • Deceitful or dishonest behaviour: the army’s intervention was disguised by constitutional jiggery-pokery
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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.

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