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hocus-pocus

magician’s parody of Hoc Est Corpus Domini. [Western Folklore: Espy, 76]
See: Deceit
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Alam naman niya iyong hocus-pocus na nangyayari diyan sa mga government bidding na 'yan (he knows the hocus-pocus that happens in government biddings)," Roque said during a press conference in Iloilo City.
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Whether he's a back-seat driver or a sounding board for current boss Darren Wassall, you do wonder if there's a bit of hocus-pocus left in Redknapp's box of tricks.
Even better, he shows that this triumph over superstition and hocus-pocus is a cause for celebration, not despair."
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And a careful analysis of her 'ugly' portrait made me wonder: how in the world did she get there in the first place, with hocus-pocus, snotty attitude like that?
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The Old Testament (Bible): "War, plague, sex, torture, death, hocus-pocus ...
"There's a real anti-science trend at the moment and a leaning towards New Age, hocus-pocus remedies.
No hocus-pocus is necessary to think, says Anderson (psychology and computer science, Carnegie Mellon U.), and sets out the case that the human mind can be explained by the current laws of the physical universe.