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If the nation was determined it would not be baffled by the Peers.

Tories and Peers especially were enraged, and regarded themselves as baffled.

It had seemed to baffle the others; it baffled the big man now.

She leaned back in her chair, and surveyed the baffled man amusedly.

Bartlett sat there for one moment the picture of baffled rage.

And he leaned his head in a baffled, tired way against the planking of the mill.

So the morning came, and it seemed as though the pirates had been baffled this time.

His loss had the bitterness of defeat, with the anguish of a baffled passion.

I have baffled them now for nearly a year, and I can baffle them still.

Every man retired from the spoon, as Clennam did, cowed and baffled.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "to disgrace," perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle "to disgrace publicly" (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to French bafouer "to abuse, hoodwink" (16c.), possibly from baf, a natural sound of disgust, like bah (cf. German baff machen "to flabbergast"). Meaning "to bewilder, confuse" is from 1640s; that of "to defeat someone's efforts" is from 1670s. Related: Baffled; baffling.

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