One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deceive (someone)‘these people have been hocussed and cheated by the government’
- ‘These surfers have hocused the Feds for long enough.’
- ‘I think you were hocused by the telephoto lens that was apparantly used to take the photograph you are referring to.’
- ‘This applies particularly to commercial albumin, especially egg, which is hocused to a great extent by the unscrupulous.’
Late 17th century: from an obsolete noun hocus ‘trickery’, from hocus-pocus.
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