hocus

hocus

[hoh-kuhs]
verb (used with object), hocused, hocusing or (especially British) hocussed, hocussing.
1.
to play a trick on; hoax; cheat.
2.
to stupefy with drugged liquor.
3.
to drug (liquor).

Origin:
1665–75; short for hocus-pocus

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hocus (ˈhəʊkəs)
 
vb , -cuses, -cusing, -cused, -cuses, -cussing, -cussed
1.  to take in; trick
2.  to stupefy, esp with a drug
3.  to add a drug to (a drink)

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hocus definition


  1. tv.
    to falsify something; to adulterate something. (Part of hocus-pocus = magic, deception.) : Somebody has hocused the booze.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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