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Chiefly Scot. a magic spell; trick by sorcery.
Chiefly British. artful shamming meant to deceive.
Historical Examples

Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various
Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
The Burglars’ Club Henry A. Hering
Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
Lighter Moments from the Notebook of Bishop Walsham How Frederick Douglas How
Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
The Duke’s Children Anthony Trollope
The Duke’s Children Anthony Trollope
The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
The Duke’s Children Anthony Trollope

a magic spell
(often pl) a mischievous trick
(of an effect) produced by black magic


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