He was running, Fenwick thought, from the fear that there might be no hoax.
It was a hoax which should have far-reaching results, on a gigantic scale.
In the end the whole thing was found to be a hoax and to have been organised by the spiritualist's friends.
But first it may be well to describe briefly the origin of the hoax.
It may be this is simply a foolish attempt at a hoax, Hilyer.
Was it a friend or an enemy; and if the latter, might it not just as likely be a hoax as not?
Why, they would have swallowed a hoax twice as difficult to digest as that which Mlle. Boussignol dished up for them!
What an odd thing it would be, aunt, if this should be all a hoax!'
So far our hoax had answered admirably, and Cathy and I retired upstairs after breakfast in fits of delighted laughter.
I found it in vain to question him, and I suspect it is a hoax.
hoax 1796 (v.), 1808 (n.), probably alt. of hocus "conjurer, juggler" (1640), or directly from hocus-pocus.