hocus-pocus :

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  • n  verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way

  • With Don Durdan, a left-handed right halfback, and Bob Dethman, a right-handed left halfback, carrying out clever hocus-pocus despite a drizzling rain, they fooled the Devils .
  • State insurance commissioner is in ordinary times a job much like the job of state bank commissioner: super-auditor to see that no one plays hocus-pocus with money that the public .
  • By the end of book one the author's parents are "lost" amid the many dead-end, hocus-pocus cures, Florence the younger sister has attempted suicide, and the author has locked .

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