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boggle at something

to be amazed at something, particularly something large or surprising. The audience boggled at the size of the loss. I boggled at the damage to my car.
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boggle someone's mind

to confuse someone; to overwhelm someone; to blow someone's mind. The immense size of the house boggles my mind. She said that his arrogance boggled her mind.
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boggle the mind

also boggle your mind
to shock or surprise you He has a record of arrests for shoplifting that boggles the mind. It just boggles my mind how many people think they're the only ones who are having a hard time.
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the mind boggles

it is very difficult to understand or imagine The mind boggles at the thought of what you could do with all that money.
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The mind boggles.

something that you say which means that a situation or subject is very difficult to understand or imagine A cloned sheep? The mind boggles. (often + at ) The mind boggles at the thought of what you could do with all that money.
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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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Mind boggling foreign policy: owtow and coddle enemies; snub allies.
The winner of our Mind Boggling Books Competition will be one of the judges of WH Smith's Mind Boggling Books Award to be held in London this July.
It is mind boggling to me that this value has not yet been reflected in our share price.
They ranged from the relatively simple (``hubbub'' and ``cologne'') to the mind- boggling (``pareiasaur,'' an extinct reptile; or ``werowance,'' a tribal chief).
Winning this award for the entire Air Force in my category is mind- boggling,'' he said.