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- (transitive, informal) To con, defraud, trick, to make a fool of, to humbug or impose on someone.
- 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “chapter 19”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299:
- “Look here, friend,” said I, “if you have anything important to tell us, out with it; but if you are only trying to bamboozle us, you are mistaken in your game; that’s all I have to say.”
- (transitive, informal) To confuse, frustrate or perplex.
- He's completely bamboozled by the changes in the computer system.
to con, defraud, trick
bamboozle (plural bamboozles)