flummox

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Of uncertain origin, probably risen out of a British dialect (OED finds candidate words in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, southern Cheshire, and Sheffield). "The formation seems to be onomatopœic, expressive of the notion of throwing down roughly and untidily" [OED]. [1]

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flummox ‎(third-person singular simple present flummoxes, present participle flummoxing, simple past and past participle flummoxed)

  1. To confuse; to fluster; to flabbergast.
    • 2011 January 22, “Man Utd 5 - 0 Birmingham”, BBC:
      With United's movement flummoxing the visitors, Berbatov saw his low shot saved well by Ben Foster on his first return to Old Trafford.

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, s.v. "flummox", [html], retrieved on 2 January 2015: [1].