throw into confusion

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throw someone or something into confusion

to cause people or a process to become confused, aimless, or disorderly. She made her entrance early and threw eveyone onstage into confusion. The judge's surprise ruling threw the courtroom into confusion.
See also: confusion, throw
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The payouts ordered by an industrial tribunal - totalling pounds 44,880 - could throw into confusion the council's continuing efforts to reduce sickness levels within CCS.