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hokey-pokey

[hoh-kee-poh-kee] /ˈhoʊ kiˈpoʊ ki/
noun
1.
hocus-pocus; trickery.
2.
ice cream as formerly sold by street vendors.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; variant of hocus-pocus
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British Dictionary definitions for hokey-pokey

hokey-pokey

/ˌhəʊkɪˈpəʊkɪ/
noun
1.
another word for hocus-pocus (sense 1), hocus-pocus (sense 2)
2.
(NZ) a brittle toffee sold in lumps
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Word Origin and History for hokey-pokey
hokey-pokey
1847, "false cheap material," alteration of hocus-pocus. Applied especially to cheap ice cream sold by street vendors (1884).
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Slang definitions & phrases for hokey-pokey

hokey-pokey

adjective

: It might sound weird or hokey pokey, but it works

modifier

: candy bars on the hokey-pokey counter

noun
  1. Cheap ice cream and sweets made primarily to attract children (1884+)
  2. False and meretricious material; deception; hokum: too much of ''Hollywood hokey-pokey'' (1840s+)

[fr an earlier sense of hokey-pokey, ''cheat, swindle,'' ultimately fr hocus-pocus; the ice cream is said to have been named in Italian, O, che poco, a child's cry at the paucity of the portion]


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