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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

JOUKERIE, n. Also jook(e)rie, -y, j(e)uk(e)ry, j(o)ukery, jowker(r)y; dukery; chookery (I.Sc. and Cai.). Deceit, roguery, trickery, dodging, evasion (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl., m.Sc. 1959).Ayr. 1822 Galt Provost v.:
The jookerie of the bailie, and the selfish manner by which he had himself reaped all the advantage of the election.
Ayr. 1833 Galt Howdie, etc. (1923) 63:
If I thought that Mr Threeper was rightly versed in the jookries of the law, I would go home and leave him to knit the ravelled skein himself.

Most commonly in comb. joukerie-pawk(e)rie, -y, -pauk(e)ry, -packerie, -y, -pokerie; -cookery (Ayr. 1822 Galt Sir A. Wylie xxi.); joukerie-poukerie, chukery-packery ( Ork.);  -hockery (Uls. 1901 in Northern Whig), deceit, trickery, double dealing, underhand work (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis, jowkery-pawkery, 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 87, jowkerry pawkry; Per. 1895 I. Maclaren Auld Langsyne 26, dukery-packery; Rxb. 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 12). Gen.Sc. Also attrib.Abd. 1748 R. Forbes Ajax 5:
Untill the sin o' Nauplius . . . His joukry-paukry finding out, To weir did him compell.
Sc. 1816 Scott B. Dwarf x.:
There has been some jookery-paukery of Satan's in a' this.
Edb. 1872 J. Smith Jenny Blair's Maunderings (1881) 15:
There's mair jiltin' amang the feminine gender, an' mair joukery-pawkery amang the masculine.
Ayr. 1901 G. Douglas Green Shutters x.:
D'ye mean — to tell — me, Sir . . . that there's joukery-pawkery at work?
Abd. 1926 Banffshire Jnl. (25 April):
There wid be nae jeukery-packery bisness gin he could help it.
Ork. 1952 R. T. Johnston Stenwick Days (1984) 87:
... and while privately convinced that he had never seen a trio more likely to stoop to chukery-packery, he could not shake their statements that the election of "Miss Stenwick" had been entirely above-board.
Sc. 1958 Scotsman (10 Oct.) 8:
There is still room for a certain amount of jukery-pokery in the demarcation of constituencies.
m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 34:
Thir heuks an whups an flames aboot yir heid
or haloes, gin ye jouk yon sair remede,
are products o the joukerie-poukerie schuil ...
Ags. 1988 Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 89:
Whitna dwam's this? It maun be
dwam, shairly, for oor Scottish trees
(as oniebodie that kens Scotland kens)
are owre kirkyairdie-like for sic harum-scarum

Hence v. ¶jookrie-pawk, to trick, deceive.Edb. 1915 T. W. Paterson Auld Saws 78:
To lure their hairt, beguile their mind, An' jookrie-pawk their will.

[O.Sc. joukrie, 1562, jewkry-pawkry, 1586, id., from Jouk + n. suff. -ery. For second element in comb. see Pawkerie, Pawk.]

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