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Bamboozle   Listen

(past & past part. bamboozled; pres. part. bamboozling)
Conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end.  Synonyms: hoodwink, lead by the nose, play false, pull the wool over someone's eyes, snow.

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"Bamboozle" Quotes from Famous Books

... house just as it stands. Don't try and bamboozle me out of it. I tell you, you've nothing to move but yourselves and ...
— Varney the Vampire - Or the Feast of Blood • Thomas Preskett Prest

... Norcot. "I wasn't going to bamboozle you with any nonsense, my lad. We're all in the same lag, you know, and must stick by ...
— Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, XXII • various

... one who takes L15,000 a year to preach the blessings of poverty and the damnable nature of wealth. This is what comes of eighteen hundred years of the "poor Carpenter's" religion. His texts of renunciation are idle verbiage. His name is used to bamboozle the people, to despoil them, and to make them patient ...
— Flowers of Freethought - (Second Series) • George W. Foote

... crowning achievement was to persuade Dr. SOLF, when Foreign Minister, to send through the official wireless an account of an interview with himself, which would, as he (SOLF) fondly hoped, help to bamboozle British public opinion. When the article appeared, so well had the author's editor read between the lines of the message that the journalist had to run for his life. He was particularly fortunate too, or ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, August 18th, 1920 • Various

... didn't have a new hat for ten years. It was her own—she pinched on hats to save money to give yellow fellows over in China. I never gave a cent to missions in my life—never will. Never you try to bamboozle me into that! A hundred a year to the salary and church once a month—but no spoiling good heathens to make poor Christians! Why, girl, they wouldn't be fit for heaven or hell—clean spoiled for either place—clean spoiled. ...
— Rainbow Valley • Lucy Maud Montgomery

Words linked to "Bamboozle" :   betray, lead by the nose, pull the wool over someone's eyes, snow, hoodwink, lead astray, deceive, play false

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