jiggery-pokery

 /ˈdʒɪɡərɪˈpəʊkərɪ/

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
jig•ger•y-pok•er•y  ( jigə rē pōkə rē),USA pronunciation n. [Chiefly Brit.]
  1. British Termstrickery, hocus-pocus;
    fraud;
    humbug.
  2. British Termssly, underhanded action.
  3. British Termsmanipulation:After a little jiggery-pokery, the engine started.
  • alteration of joukery-pawkery. See jouk, pawky, -ery 1890–95


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

jiggery-pokery /ˈdʒɪɡərɪˈpəʊkərɪ/ n
  1. informal chiefly Brit dishonest or deceitful behaviour or business; trickery
Etymology: 19th Century: from Scottish dialect joukery-pawkery



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