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Sample sentences for the GRE study word hoax

hoax can be used as a verb
hoax can be used as a noun

1.I stood for a few minutes with my heart in my boots, wondering whether the whole thing was an elaborate hoax or not, when up came a man and addressed me. - from Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2.I suspect a hoax is intended, but the instigators of it little knew whom they had to deal with. - from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
3."Well, I thought over the matter all day, and by evening I was in low spirits again for I had quite persuaded myself that the whole affair must be some great hoax or fraud, though what its object might be I could not imagine. - from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

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