jiggery-pokery

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From Scots joukery-pawkery "trickery; deceit". Attested in English since the nineteenth century.

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jiggery-pokery (uncountable)

  1. Trickery or misrepresentation.
    • 2015, Peter Hain, Back to the Future of Socialism
      Much as 'off-balance sheet' jiggery-pokery and other 'creative accounting' allowed banks to get away with false impressions of their true financial position...
  2. Manipulation.
    • 1892, Philip Stanhope, Lightning (journal), Letter XXVII:
      ...what my friend Singleton calls "rigging, cornering, and general jiggery-pokery methods,"...
  3. (euphemistic) Sexual intercourse.
    • 2002, Olivia Judson, Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
      ...the males, like most birds, have no penis. But that doesn't stop a bit of gay jiggery-pokery.

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