Definition of bamboozle in English:

bamboozle

verb

[with object]informal
  • Cheat or fool.

    ‘he bamboozled Canada's largest banks in a massive counterfeit scam’
    • ‘Many proprietors of the bigger, touristy houses try to bamboozle people inside.’
    • ‘Some stores are trying to bamboozle exhausted shoppers with illusory bargains.’
    • ‘The answer to most issues, according to the FOS, is for the consumer to establish the suitability of a product by asking more questions, not being bamboozled by jargon and being made to feel stupid.’
    • ‘The Indian mask that bamboozled the big cats would hardly have conned any human.’
    • ‘Yet almost everyone - including the Waddington Gallery and even Tate (which showed interest in a Julius Bissier until the artist's foundation rejected it) - was bamboozled by the documents.’
    • ‘‘Don't try to bamboozle them by smuggling in bits of fruit or vegetables,’ says Cormac.’
    • ‘There's no rhyme or reason to this approach - it's a clumsy attempt to bamboozle us into thinking that there's more to the movie than meets the eye.’
    • ‘In other words, they practise seances and use the occult to bamboozle people into believing in ghosts.’
    • ‘In Krakow as a prisoner, Poldek had used a German document, issued to enable him to visit his soldiers in a military hospital further east, to bamboozle a barely literate German guard.’
    • ‘Many people in the Dirtball demographic have a remarkable faith in their ability to bamboozle a judge, and always seem stunned when someone with ten times their brainpower doesn't buy it.’
    • ‘The coaches only have to teach this guy just enough to bamboozle a few judges, but they can't avoid taking pride in their profession.’
    • ‘American bison are characteristically given to bamboozling other members of their species.’
    • ‘Courtesy is a luxury that real reporters often have to sacrifice in the line of duty, especially when bamboozled by double talk.’
    • ‘For a party member to win high office in the face of human nature requires him or her to pull the wool over the voters' eyes, to bamboozle them away from the evident truth.’
    • ‘That's the kind of thing I love to dig into, a classic case of using statistics to bamboozle people.’
    • ‘Before being bamboozled by the sheaves of glossy brochures, make sure that managed funds are the most suitable investment vehicle for you.’
    • ‘This enables the authoritarians to bamboozle the people into thinking they are still free.’
    • ‘Passing sentence, Judge Lyon said: ‘You bamboozled elderly people and took delight, I've no doubt, in doing so.’’
    • ‘Children had a great time enticing, cajoling, and bamboozling their parents to shell out money for buying candied shells and cakes.’
    • ‘Rather, they want to bamboozle students with enough false and misleading information to make them think that evolution is bad science.’
    • ‘It's a sneaky trick that bamboozles innocent people who sample the first couple songs in-store into spending 20 dollars.’
    • ‘This multiplication of coverage is cunningly designed to bamboozle the party media minders who sit in party headquarters with stop watches timing their contributions to ensure balance.’
    • ‘Casinos are designed to bamboozle you with the sensory overload created by the flashing lights and jingles and the sound of endless coins tumbling down into a metal tray.’
    • ‘The slickest of these, like glib lawyers paid to advocate a poor case, are accustomed to bamboozling innocent audiences.’
    • ‘Don't let this week's quick-thinking, speed talking blarney artists bamboozle you into making decisions or doing anything before you're ready.’
    • ‘Everybody has individual needs, desires and habits, but commercial puffery bamboozles us with brash claims and big numbers.’
    • ‘He adopted the persona of princess Alice of Gloucester, and despite being caught several times with a mysterious moustache on public occasions, was able to bamboozle everyone outside of a small circle of trusted friends.’
    • ‘To the death she refused to be bamboozled by dubious reasoning.’
    • ‘Finally, World Climate Report rips into the biased reporting that has bamboozled the world on this issue.’
    • ‘It can't be easy to find rich suckers who can be bamboozled into buying this.’
    • ‘The duck has qualities - nay, powers - that bamboozle the hapless magician and his assistant.’
    • ‘And yet despite the best efforts of America's would-be Ministry of Truthsters to bedazzle and bamboozle the American people, the plain light of reality seems to be shining through.’
    • ‘The result was that a few charismatic, outside-the-box thinkers were able to bamboozle the president into mistaking their roll of the dice for a mature judgment.’
    • ‘Inconspicuously dressed in a kilt, sporran, dagger, and ‘black mask of Osiris’, Crowley crept down the suburban road from Olympia and bamboozled his way into the sacred vaults.’
    • ‘My admiration for their skill in bamboozling men is boundless.’
    • ‘However, parking garages are getting more and more confusing with their pricing structure, hoping to bamboozle their clients.’
    • ‘John Curry from the Australian Shareholders' Association says those that get caught are often unsophisticated investors, bamboozled by flashy letterheads.’
    • ‘Documents rarely set out to trick historians, but they can bamboozle the unwary at every turn.’
    • ‘Just don't be bamboozled into buying the most expensive labels.’
    stratagem, ploy, ruse, scheme, device, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, artifice, wile, dodge
    trick, deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, take in, dupe, fool, double-cross
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Origin

Early 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bamboozle

/bamˈbuːz(ə)l/