Or when he said the Clinton camp was trying to “bamboozle” or “hoodwink” voters?
"I want to make things snug for you here, lest Etienne should bamboozle you," continued Finot, looking knowingly at Lucien.
Instead, she was inclined to boast over her ability to bamboozle men at her will.
In vain did the philosopher try to bamboozle me into the belief that "it was lard."
It is not so with us artists; they could not bamboozle us in this way.
Do you think I'd bamboozle him and half beckon and half persuade, the way women do, and trap him into the great enchantment?
But many modern adventuresses have been able to bamboozle the mighty.
Then why are people so very anxious to get this lawyer or that to bamboozle the witnesses?
He saw he could not fool or bamboozle me in the slightest degree.
“We may bamboozle the scoundrel, and succeed where others have failed,” observed the dominie.
1703, originally a slang or cant word, perhaps Scottish from bombaze "perplex," related to bombast, or French embabouiner "to make a fool (literally 'baboon') of." Related: Bamboozled; bamboozling. As a noun from 1703.
To hoax; trick; swindle; flimflam: My worthy opponent thrives by bamboozling the public
[Underworld 1700s+; origin unknown and much disputed; some claim a Romany source]