transitive verb (hocussed or hocused; hocussing or hocusing) Etymology: obsolete hocus, noun, short for hocus-pocus Date: 1675 1. to perpetrate a trick or hoax on ; deceive 2. to befuddle often with drugged liquor; also dope, drug <
hocussed the favorite before the race

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  • hocus — HÓCUS: hocus pócus n. Expresie folosită de scamatori. /<lat. hoc [est op] us, hoc [est cor] pus Trimis de siveco, 22.08.2004. Sursa: NODEX  HÓCUS s.n. Hocus pocus = formulă întrebuinţată de scamatori; (p. ext.) scamatorie. [cf. lat. hoc –… …   Dicționar Român

  • Hocus — Ho cus, v. t. [See {Hocus pocus}.] 1. To deceive or cheat. Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 2. To adulterate; to drug; as, liquor is said to be hocused for the purpose of stupefying the drinker. Dickens. [1913 Webster] 3. To stupefy with drugged liquor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hocus — [hō′kəs] vt. hocused or hocussed, hocusing or hocussing [contr. < HOCUS POCUS] 1. to play a trick on; dupe; hoax 2. to drug (a person) 3. to put drugs in (a drink) …   English World dictionary

  • Hocus — Ho cus, n. 1. One who cheats or deceives. South. [1913 Webster] 2. Drugged liquor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hocus — [ həʊkəs] verb (hocusses, hocussing, hocussed or hocuses, hocusing, hocused) archaic 1》 deceive. 2》 stupefy with drugs. Origin C17: from obs. hocus trickery , from hocus pocus …   English new terms dictionary

  • hocus — v.tr. (hocussed, hocussing; US hocused, hocusing) 1 take in; hoax. 2 stupefy (a person) with drugs. 3 drug (liquor). Etymology: obs. noun hocus = HOCUS POCUS …   Useful english dictionary

  • hocus — /hoh keuhs/, v.t., hocused, hocusing or (esp. Brit.) hocussed, hocussing. 1. to play a trick on; hoax; cheat. 2. to stupefy with drugged liquor. 3. to drug (liquor). [1665 75; short for HOCUS POCUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • hocus — ho•cus [[t]ˈhoʊ kəs[/t]] v. t. cused, cus•ing (esp. brit.) cussed, cus•sing. 1) to play a trick on; hoax 2) to stupefy, as with drugged liquor 3) to infuse (liquor) with a drug • Etymology: 1665–75; short for hocus pocus …   From formal English to slang

  • hocus — /ˈhoʊkəs/ (say hohkuhs) verb (t) (hocused or hocussed, hocusing or hocussing) Obsolete 1. to play a trick on; hoax; cheat. 2. to stupefy with a drug or a drugged drink. 3. to drug (a drink). {abbreviation of hocus pocus} …   Australian English dictionary

  • hocus — verb To adulterate; to drug …   Wiktionary

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