Definition of hocus-pocus noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    hocus-pocus

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˌhoʊkəs ˈpoʊkəs//
     
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  1. 1language or behavior that is nonsense and is intended to hide the truth from people
  2. 2a form of words used by someone performing a magic trick
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hocus-pocus