to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments:
politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
to make stupidly drunk.
I suspect this will buoy liberal spirits, but anger the right and befuddle the independents.
Daily Beast Contributors Weigh In on Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address January 24, 2012
It is a flat public loss, another attempt to befuddle our thinking.
A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
He had been drinking alcolite; not enough to befuddle him—but enough to make him triumphantly talkative.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 Various
Daniel Sands had no cosmic problems on his mind with which to befuddle young Perry.
In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
But when an artist tells them of recondite principles in æsthetics they accuse him of an endeavour to befuddle them.
Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
I am willing to wager my soul, however, that that box is simply a hoax to befuddle us.
The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
He had been drinking alcolite; not enough to befuddle him, but enough to make him triumphantly talkative.
Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
These Roman nights, with their garlic and incense, are apt to befuddle the brain,—rob it of its power to plot.
Under the Witches’ Moon Nathan Gallizier
to confuse, muddle, or perplex
to make stupid with drink
“confuse,” 1873, from be- + fuddle; originally “to confuse with strong drink or opium” (by 1832). An earlier word in the same sense was begunk (1725). Related: Befuddled; befuddling.
to praise excessively. Historical Examples I cannot understand those folk who sniff at the English music-hall and belaud the Parisian shows. Nights in London Thomas Burke As may be imagined, I defended peace in the one, and did my best to belaud his Excellency in the other. The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the […]
Nautical. to fasten (a rope) by winding around a pin or short rod inserted in a holder so that both ends of the rod are clear. Mountain Climbing. to secure (a person) by attaching to one end of a rope. to secure (a rope) by attaching to a person or to an object offering stable […]
- Belaying cleat
cleat (def 8).
- Belaying pin
a short, round bar of metal or wood, inserted in a fife rail or pin rail, to which a rope is belayed. Historical Examples If they had shirked it, the redoubtable “Bully” would have made attendance compulsory with a belaying pin. A Memory Of The Southern Seas Louis Becke I sent a belaying pin after […]