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Meaning of HOCUS

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ho"cus\, v. t. [See {Hocus-pocus}.]
    1. To deceive or cheat. --Halliwell.
    
    2. To adulterate; to drug; as, liquor is said to be hocused
       for the purpose of stupefying the drinker. --Dickens.
    
    3. To stupefy with drugged liquor. --Thackeray.
    
    
  2. \Ho"cus\, n.
    1. One who cheats or deceives. --South.
    
    2. Drugged liquor.
    
    
 

 

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