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hocus-pocus

  
  
If you describe something as hocus-pocus, you disapprove of it because you think it is false and intended to trick or deceive people.      n-uncount  
  (disapproval)   
(=trickery)  
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hocus-pocus

  
1    artifice, cheat, chicanery, deceit, deception, delusion, hoax, humbug, imposture, swindle, trickery  
2    abracadabra, cant, gibberish, gobbledegook     (informal)   Greek     (informal)   hokum     (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   jargon, mumbo jumbo, nonsense, rigmarole  
3    conjuring, jugglery, legerdemain, prestidigitation, sleight of hand  

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