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[hohk] /hoʊk/

verb (used with object), hoked, hoking.
to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value (usually followed by up):
a political speech hoked up with phony statistics.
(transitive) usually foll by up. to overplay (a part, etc)

often hoke up, 1935, theatrical slang, probably shortened from hokum.


hokum (1921+)


(also hoke up) To make fun of; treat insincerely; overplay: But don’t hoke it too hard, Beatrice/ It’s all right to hoke the incident, but not the theme/ Halaby hoked up a special ceremony (1935+)


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