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To ‘bamboozle’ means more than to simply perplex or bewilder somebody. It also implies trickery and deceit. Often somebody will hide their true intentions or motives and pretend to be somebody they’re not in order to get something they want from somebody else. While this informal term can be used in a more positive sense when referring to deceiving through skill, such as in sport, it has mostly negative connotations.
The salesperson was very beguiling and persuasive. She managed to bamboozle me into buying something I really didn’t want or need.
The opposition was so bamboozled by the player’s skill that they had to resort to persistent fouling to try and stop him.
I asked my lawyer to review the contract because it was filled with technical jargon that I believe was put there simply to bamboozle me.