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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Worryingly for Austin Reed - which yesterday said profits fell from pounds 7.5million to pounds 3.3m last year - discombobulate means to "throw into confusion".