bamboozle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bamboozle conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end "He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Bamboozle To deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to hoax; to mystify; to humbug. "What oriental tomfoolery is bamboozling you?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bamboozle To hoax; deceive; trick; impose upon.
    • bamboozle To perplex; mystify.
    • bamboozle To use trickery; practise cheating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bamboozle bam-bōō′zl to deceive: to confound or mystify
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Quotations

  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “It is well-known what a middleman is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Said to be of Gipsy origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Of cant origin—but not Gipsy; first appears about 1700.

Usage

In literature:

He bamboozles us into producing his play, then runs off and leaves us to sink or swim.
"The Light of the Star" by Hamlin Garland
I've traded with him nigh on twenty years, and he don't bamboozle me that way.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
But no skill can succeed to bamboozle the cold, clear-sighted European statesmen.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
And writes full pages about them, too, in which he only succeeds in bamboozling himself and us.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
If all the lies could only be ferreted out with which Seward bamboozles Lincoln, even the God of Lies himself would shudder.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
He asked Lydia seriously what she should recommend doing, to make good citizens out of bamboozled aliens.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
I have been bamboozled of everything, my Lord Marquis.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Did you bamboozle the judges into thinking it was fit to eat?
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
No, no, my sly cub; you don't bamboozle an old bear so easily as all that.
"The Red Moccasins" by Morrison Heady
I have allowed myself to be bamboozled only through pity.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
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In poetry:

"And so we pass the other side, and leave them to their glory,
To give new proofs of manliness, new scenes for song and story;
These honeyed words of compliment may possibly bamboozle 'em,
But ere we intervene, you know, we'll see 'em in--Jerusalem.
"England's Neutrality" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

Enlarge Noah K Murray/ The Star-Ledger Incubus performs on the main stage during the 2012 Bamboozle concert festival.
Murray -The Star Ledger) Bamboozle Festival May 19th Asbury Park gallery (30 photos).
Two weeks ago while performing at Bamboozle in East Rutherford, NJ, Brooklyn's Ninjasonik debuted its new single, " Mosh Pit," closing out an already wild set in perfect raucous form.
When you can't rely on the time-tested strategies for winning elections, you can always fall back on bamboozling children into doing your grunt work.
R emember when Wall Street traded in actual commodities, not derivatives and other "financial products" that made it oh-so-easy to bamboozle investors.
NEW CASTLE — I was tricked, bamboozled and had the wool pulled over my eyes.
Aaron Houston/For The Star-Ledger Dustin Kensrue of the band Thrice , performing at the Bamboozle on Saturday.
"Bamboozled" rides proudly on the backs of two classic boob-tube critiques, "A Face in the Crowd" and "Network".
William Perlman/The Star-Ledger Fans at Bamboozle 2011.
The organizers of the annual Bamboozle Festival have big plans for Asbury Park: a mainstage right on the beach, b-boys battling in the park in front of the Berkeley Hotel, and music all over the boardwalk.
The New York Times's Ombud Wants the Paper to Correct Tax Rate Bamboozlement.
Dania Maxwell/Staff Savannah Liberty, right, stands at the entrance of Bamboozles Skating and Event Center.
Andrew Miller/For the Star-Ledger Boyz II Men perform during The Bamboozle in East Rutherford on Friday.
Bamboozle loves Boyz II Men.
The biggest crowd of the night so far has swarmed the Bamboozle Prom area, singing along to light-radio mega-hits from two decades ago.
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In science:

Generally speaking, limits in the category FS are bamboozling.
Differential Geometry of Microlinear Frolicher Spaces IV-1
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