to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; humbug; hoodwink (often followed by into):
They bamboozled us into joining the club.
Synonyms: gyp, dupe, trick, cheat, swindle, defraud, flimflam, hoax, gull, rook; delude, mislead, fool.
to perplex; mystify; confound.
Synonyms: befog, bewilder, puzzle, baffle, dumbfound.
to practice trickery, deception, cozenage, or the like:
He bamboozled his way to the top.
verb (transitive) (informal)
to cheat; mislead
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]
bamf /bamf/ 1. [Old X-Men comics] Notional sound made by a person or object teleporting in or out of the hearer’s vicinity. Often used in virtual reality (especially MUD) electronic fora when a character wishes to make a dramatic entrance or exit. 2. The sound of magical transformation, used in virtual reality fora. [Jargon File]
a loud thud, as that produced when two objects strike against each other with force. to make or emit a bam. Historical Examples “Now you’re bamming me, Doctor,” replied the other, good-humouredly. Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville interjection, imitative of the sound of a hard hit, first recorded 1922 (from 1917 as the sound of an […]
bamoth heights, the forty-seventh station of the Israelites (Num. 21:19,20) in the territory of the Moabites. Historical Examples But Hezekiah had forfeited his protection by sweeping away His bamoth and His altars! The Expositor’s Bible F. W. Farrar They burnt incense on the bamoth, and served idols, and wrought wickedness. The Expositor’s Bible F. W. […]
bamoth-baal heights of Baal, a place on the river Arnon, or in the plains through which it flows, east of Jordan (Josh. 13:17; comp. Num. 21:28). It has been supposed to be the same place as Bamoth.