C17: perhaps a dog-Latin formation invented by jugglers
hocus-pocus for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (hoʊkəs poʊkəs)
If you describe something as hocus-pocus, you disapprove of it because you think it is false and intended to trick or deceive people. [disapproval] ⇒ It is unlikely he would have mistaken hocus-pocus for genuine knowledge.
`You could have approached us without all the hocus-pocus , couldn't you?Ferrars, Elizabeth UNREASONABLE DOUBTHey, great, the hocus-pocus exhibition is stillgoing strong.Christina Jones TICKLED PINK`And I'm not into crystals and hocus-pocus so I was only going to be mooching until they'd finished.Christina Jones TICKLED PINKOne look at what s on the table, and we're aware of the reasons behind your juvenile hocus-pocus games.Cussler, Clive INCA GOLD