bamboozle

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bamboozle

To cheat, deceive, or take advantage of someone by elaborate and underhanded means. I can't believe I let that salesmen bamboozle me like that.

bamboozle

(bæmˈbuzlæ)
1. tv. to deceive someone; to confuse someone. (see also bamboozled.) Don’t try to bamboozle me! I know what I want!
2. tv. to steal something. The crooks bamboozled the old man’s life savings.

bamboozled

(bæmˈbuzlæd)
1. mod. confused. This stuff sure has me bamboozled.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. (Collegiate.) She’s not just drunk, she’s totally bamboozled.
See also: bamboozle
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At the margin, bamboozlement can be effectively substituted for the use of force, especially in so-called democratic systems, where many ordinary people have embraced the fable that they themselves "are" the government because they cast a ballot every few years.
Our naive bamboozlement by phoney concepts of convenience (who wants to drive every time you need a carton of milk?
This ultra-linear novel begins with, and not after, an author's note from which a word is used to summarize travel in India: "bamboozle"--soon put to use at a train station when a clerk claims, "There is no bamboozlement here.
Their assistant producers have some pretty good record collections and come up with the right tune for the right set of bloopers, screamers and Brazilian bamboozlement.
That's the kind of bamboozlement Spike Lee has been probing, with mixed success, ever since Do the Right Thing.
Yet the fact is that in spite of terrorism, concentration camps, beatings-up and the bamboozlement of the population by the Reichstag Fire, the 1933 elections still gave the Nazis only some 42 per cent of the votes.