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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We're happy to hear that the offending factory eventually lost its certification, but it's troubling that it got approved in the first place; auditors are supposed to see through managers' attempts at bamboozlement. SAI's auditor on the scene, Det Norske Veritas, told the South China Morning Post that it's impossible to do reliable audits in China: "The factories always manage to find a way around the auditors." We're also happy SAI is broadly trying to improve the lot of workers in China, but certifying factories there implies that they meet the criteria of free association in SAI's high-minded code, which they clearly do not.
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.
States can do many things, especially such things as committing mass murder, mass extortion, and mass theft and carrying out the relentless bamboozlement of their subjects, but among the many things that states cannot do successfully is enforce virtuous behavior.
It would appear accurate when framed as a function of the bamboozlement induced by the mentacide process that ADP's own-life taking behavior resembles a lynching.
Current assumptions in the press are that for ten months, readers and viewers will want to be handicappers of the horse race and "cognoscenti of their own bamboozlement," as Todd Gitlin once wrote.
England let slip, or rather Muralitharan wrestled away, the initiative with a typical display of skill, cunning and bamboozlement to drag his side right back into contention.
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.
I can't remember the last time I was left in such a state of confusion and bamboozlement.