from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Irish Black magic; sorcery.
- n. Irish An evil spell; an incantation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. magic, witchcraft; a spell, especially one designed to cause or cure illnesses to man or beast, or to increase or decrease the quantities of farm products such as butter or milk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Witchcraft; incantation; charm.
I reached for it and rubbed it—even though I knew the talk of fairies was a lot of pishogue.
“All that rigmarole Henrietta McCrumb told you about the horse is nothing but pishogue,” I said.
“Even though it’s pishogue, it won’t hurt to be cautious,” I agreed.
“Dad would say it was all pishogue, so don’t tell him, Mom.”