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hoke

[hohk] /hoʊk/
verb (used with object), hoked, hoking.
1.
to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value (usually followed by up):
a political speech hoked up with phony statistics.
noun
2.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; back formation from hokey or hocum
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British Dictionary definitions for hokes

hoke

/həʊk/
verb
1.
(transitive) usually foll by up. to overplay (a part, etc)
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from hokum
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Word Origin and History for hokes

hoke

often hoke up, 1935, theatrical slang, probably shortened from hokum.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hokes

hoke

noun

hokum (1921+)

verb

(also hoke up) To make fun of; treat insincerely; overplay: But don't hoke it too hard, Beatrice/ It's all right to hoke the incident, but not the theme/ Halaby hoked up a special ceremony (1935+)


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