Pronunciation: (hō'kus-pō'kus), [key]
—n., v., -cused, -cus•ing or (esp. Brit.) -cussed, -cus•sing.
1. a meaningless chant or expression used in conjuring or incantation.
2. a juggler's trick; sleight of hand.
3. trickery; deception.
4. unnecessarily mysterious or elaborate activity or talk to cover up a deception, magnify a simple purpose, etc.
to play tricks on or with.
to perform tricks; practice trickery or deception.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.