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hoodoo
noun
hoo·doo
\ˈhü-(ˌ)dü\

plural hoo·doos

  • 1: a body of practices of sympathetic magic traditional especially among African-Americans in the southern U.S.
  • 2: a natural column of rock in western North America often in fantastic form
  • 3: something that brings bad luck
  • 4: nonsense, hokum
  • hoo·doo·ism\ˈhü-(ˌ)dü-ˌi-zəm\ noun
  • Examples
  • some economists have characterized the proposal as economic hoodoo that should be hooted down

some hoodoo must be at work—I lost both sets of house keys

Origin

perhaps alteration of voodoo.
First known use: 1875

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