To deceive someone is to mislead them by false appearance or statement. Hoodwink is a close synonym, defined succinctly as “to deceive or trick.” But to understand the nuances in how hoodwink is used, it is helpful to be familiar with the term’s history. Hoodwink’s earliest sense in English was “to blindfold,” as in to prevent sight by covering the eyes. It is no longer used that way, but we can think of the deceptive sense as blindfolding mentally or making one blind to the truth by way of persuasion or manipulation. Like bamboozle, hoodwink appears in a variety of contexts ranging from lighthearted and playful (Snoopy hoodwinks his owner, Charlie Brown, by wearing a mustache, for instance) to the more serious (a politician who hoodwinks the public).