Definition of bamboozle in US English:

bamboozle

verb

[with object]informal
  • 1Fool or cheat (someone)

    ‘Tom Sawyer bamboozled the neighborhood boys into doing it for him’
    • ‘The Indian mask that bamboozled the big cats would hardly have conned any human.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Passing sentence, Judge Lyon said: ‘You bamboozled elderly people and took delight, I've no doubt, in doing so.’’
    • ‘‘Don't try to bamboozle them by smuggling in bits of fruit or vegetables,’ says Cormac.’
    • ‘Documents rarely set out to trick historians, but they can bamboozle the unwary at every turn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘John Curry from the Australian Shareholders' Association says those that get caught are often unsophisticated investors, bamboozled by flashy letterheads.’
    • ‘The duck has qualities - nay, powers - that bamboozle the hapless magician and his assistant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just don't be bamboozled into buying the most expensive labels.’
    • ‘Rather, they want to bamboozle students with enough false and misleading information to make them think that evolution is bad science.’
    • ‘Don't let this week's quick-thinking, speed talking blarney artists bamboozle you into making decisions or doing anything before you're ready.’
    • ‘It can't be easy to find rich suckers who can be bamboozled into buying this.’
    • ‘Everybody has individual needs, desires and habits, but commercial puffery bamboozles us with brash claims and big numbers.’
    • ‘The slickest of these, like glib lawyers paid to advocate a poor case, are accustomed to bamboozling innocent audiences.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My admiration for their skill in bamboozling men is boundless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a sneaky trick that bamboozles innocent people who sample the first couple songs in-store into spending 20 dollars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before being bamboozled by the sheaves of glossy brochures, make sure that managed funds are the most suitable investment vehicle for you.’
    • ‘Some stores are trying to bamboozle exhausted shoppers with illusory bargains.’
    • ‘Courtesy is a luxury that real reporters often have to sacrifice in the line of duty, especially when bamboozled by double talk.’
    • ‘That's the kind of thing I love to dig into, a classic case of using statistics to bamboozle people.’
    • ‘Finally, World Climate Report rips into the biased reporting that has bamboozled the world on this issue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many proprietors of the bigger, touristy houses try to bamboozle people inside.’
    • ‘Children had a great time enticing, cajoling, and bamboozling their parents to shell out money for buying candied shells and cakes.’
    • ‘To the death she refused to be bamboozled by dubious reasoning.’
    • ‘However, parking garages are getting more and more confusing with their pricing structure, hoping to bamboozle their clients.’
    • ‘American bison are characteristically given to bamboozling other members of their species.’
    • ‘This enables the authoritarians to bamboozle the people into thinking they are still free.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In other words, they practise seances and use the occult to bamboozle people into believing in ghosts.’
    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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    1. 1.1 Confound or perplex.
      ‘bamboozled by the number of savings plans being offered’
      • ‘Some have even given credence to the notion that Wahid's abrupt shifts were really the cunning manoeuvres of a master tactician aimed at bamboozling his opponents.’
      • ‘One slightly annoyed petrol station attendant and very bamboozled customer remained.’
      • ‘A disc in the wrong box completely bamboozled me.’
      • ‘For any female readers bamboozled by my observation, it was like wearing Prada unzipped.’
      • ‘Walk into any showroom and you are bamboozled by the kind of information about the different clothing material that is thrown at you by the salesperson.’
      • ‘To be honest, I am bamboozled by Bulgarian pizza.’
      • ‘Why he's not playing professional rugby bamboozles me.’
      • ‘‘The players were bamboozled as to why they were going so long without a win and losing so many games,’ Allardyce said, reflecting on a demoralising December.’
      • ‘Whatever the reason for the surge of interest in childcare issues, there is little doubt that an overload of advice, however well-meant, can bamboozle parents and lead to contradictions.’
      • ‘We were all bamboozled and didn't know what to say.’
      • ‘Why Eucalyptus should be chosen for such a massive shot of backing money continues to bamboozle me.’
      • ‘On the other hand, perhaps this surreal verbal tactic was intended to bamboozle our opponents to the extent that we would cuff Germany come Saturday.’
      • ‘‘The last thing you want when you are only there for one game is to go and change so many different things that you end up bamboozling the players,’ he said.’
      • ‘Another reason that I never used a taxi until well into adulthood was that the rules of tipping always bamboozled me.’
      • ‘Officials were bamboozled as there was no way of doing an autopsy on the cremated man.’
      • ‘‘I don't know,’ I replied, which bamboozled him momentarily.’
      • ‘It's one of those odd areas of spelling that bamboozles me.’

Origin

Early 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bamboozle

/bamˈbo͞ozəl//bæmˈbuzəl/