jiggery pokery

jiggery-pokery

[jig-uh-ree-poh-kuh-ree]
noun Chiefly British.
1.
trickery, hocus-pocus; fraud; humbug.
2.
sly, underhanded action.
3.
manipulation: After a little jiggery-pokery, the engine started.

Origin:
1890–95; alteration of joukery-pawkery. See jouk, pawky, -ery

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jiggery-pokery (ˈdʒɪɡərɪˈpəʊkərɪ)
 
n
informal chiefly (Brit) dishonest or deceitful behaviour or business; trickery
 
[C19: from Scottish dialect joukery-pawkery]

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