OED: Probably related to hocus pocus, hoky-poky
Thun: Possibly influenced by prank
) a trick. Cf. princum-prancum
1. jugglery, legerdemain; trickery, double dealing; underhand dealing.
2. a mystery.
(verb) to humbug, cheat, trick.
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Henry Benjamin Wheatley. A dictionary of reduplicated words in the English language
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