boggle the mind

boggle (one's)/the mind

To thoroughly overwhelm, confuse, or surprise one. The show of support from everyone just boggled my mind. The plot of that move totally boggled my mind—did you understand it?
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boggle the mind

Bewilder or astonish with complexity, novelty, or the like, as in The very magnitude of the Milky Way boggles the mind. The source of this usage is unclear, as the verb to boggle has several other seemingly unrelated meanings-to shy away, to hesitate, to bungle. [Second half of 1900s]
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Showcasing the amusing, the peculiar, and the extraordinary in everyday experiences, the Science Circus has three interactive exhibits that deceive the senses and boggle the mind.
The indoor exhibit stalls hosted by science fans, crafters, coders and DIY-lovers had plenty to boggle the mind and keep all ages entertained.
Summary: There's 20,000 feet of display, 100,000 smartphone applications and discounts of up to 50 per cent -- the numbers may boggle the mind, but tech heads will know enough to understand there is plenty to indulge in at Gitex's first spring edition.
SeaSick" is a tale set on the cruise ship called Palace of the Dolphins, but author Gloria Nagy's story isn't about the ship; it is instead about the people on the ship, an eccentric cast of characters sure to boggle the mind with their personality quirks and humanity.
Yes to the teaching about religions, though the dangers there boggle the mind.
These kinds of numbers boggle the mind, and when it becomes particularly uncomfortable thinking about them, we do a mental block-out.
Indeed, many conspiracy theories are so ludicrous as to boggle the mind, such as the one you were able to dismiss about the substitution of a missile for an airliner in the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11.
Some convenience stores are dramatically increasing their offerings of single-serve products that are fresh-to-go at prices that boggle the mind of supermarket family shoppers but seem reasonable to someone who wants to eat healthy without hassle.
No Child Left Behind has brought forth a variety of test preparation materials that will boggle the mind.
The actions of this Administration boggle the mind of any rational individual who believes in a democratic process.
We've experienced mergers, business closings, business successes and technological advances that boggle the mind.
There will be a vodka luge, `foods of the world' meal, DJs, a live band and a challenge room that promises to boggle the mind and the body.
Sometimes their instructions are so detailed they boggle the mind with design lingo, leaving you wondering just what is the difference between an apron and puddled curtain.
But it does boggle the mind -- if your mind is boggle-able--trying to imagine what could possibly come next from these governmental minds with their new found interest in creating an Aboriginal wonderland.
If the conclusions drawn in the ruling are followed, the recordkeeping ramifications boggle the mind.