jiggery-pokery
jiggery-pokery jiggery-pokery n. A verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of a person in some way.

Syn: trickery, hocus-pocus, slickness, hanky panky, skulduggery, skullduggery. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • jiggery-pokery — [jig′ər ē pōk′ər ē] n. [altered < Scot joukery paukery, rhyming slang < IE * joukerie, trickery < * joukere, a cheater < * jouk, a dodge, dart < ?] [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] trickery or deception; hanky panky …   English World dictionary

  • jiggery-pokery — [[t]ʤɪ̱gəri po͟ʊkəri[/t]] N UNCOUNT If you describe behaviour as jiggery pokery, you mean that it involves tricking people or being dishonest. [BRIT, INFORMAL, OLD FASHIONED] It seems astonishing that Bond got away with so much jiggery pokery for …   English dictionary

  • jiggery-pokery — /jig euh ree poh keuh ree/, n. Chiefly Brit. 1. trickery, hocus pocus; fraud; humbug. 2. sly, underhanded action. 3. manipulation: After a little jiggery pokery, the engine started. [1890 95; alter. of joukery pawkery. See JOUK, PAWKY, ERY] * * * …   Universalium

  • jiggery-pokery — jig|ger|y po|ker|y [ˌdʒıgəri ˈpəukəri US ˈpou ] n [U] BrE informal secret dishonest activity to make something seem what it is not ▪ There s been some jiggery pokery with the figures …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jiggery-pokery — old fashioned secret activities that are not honest. We suspect there s been some financial jiggery pokery going on in the accounts department …   New idioms dictionary

  • jiggery-pokery — noun (U) BrE informal secret dishonest activity to make something seem what it is not: social jiggery pokery behind the scenes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • jiggery-pokery — noun Etymology: probably alteration of Scots joukery pawkery, from jouk to dodge, cheat + pawk trick, wile Date: circa 1892 underhanded manipulation or dealings ; trickery …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • jiggery-pokery — noun /ˌdʒɪɡ.ɹ.iˈpəʊ.kəɹ.i,ˌdʒɪɡ.ɚ.iˈpoʊ.kɚ.i/ Trickery or misrepresentation. Syn: hanky panky, skulduggery, trickery …   Wiktionary

  • jiggery-pokery — jig|ge|ry po|ke|ry [ ,dʒıgəri poukəri ] noun uncount MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL dishonest behavior that is intended to trick people, often in business or politics …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • jiggery-pokery — noun informal, chiefly Brit. deceitful or dishonest behaviour. Origin C19: prob. a var. of Scots joukery pawkery, from jouk (see jouk) …   English new terms dictionary

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