Speaking of bamboozled, every Halloween you hear a horror story of a celebrity in blackface costume.
Roseanne Barr thinks America has been “bamboozled and hoodwinked.”
Conservatives were “bamboozled,” says former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken.
Though certainly romantic on the subject, Booker has been neither corralled nor bamboozled.
Neither she nor any other shall be befooled and bamboozled under my roof.
She's bamboozled that sap-headed county judge, Boompointer, into givin' it to her.
As if the President could be bamboozled by such a shallow artifice.
And as a matter of fact I was left just as bamboozled as you were.
"I'm ashamed of the way I bamboozled you fine fellows, and that's the honest truth," he started to say.
You may have bamboozled the President, after all he's only a civilian, but you're not about to fool me!
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.
Confused; mystified (1800s+)
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]