bamboozle

To bamboozle is to hoodwink, lead by the nose, or pull the wool over someone's eyes — you're tricking or fooling them.

Bamboozle may sound like a funny word, but anyone that's ever been bamboozled could tell you it's nothing to laugh about. A bamboozler lies and pretends to be a good guy, all the while plotting to empty your bank account or steal away your promotion. Con men are professional bamboozlers. Some people think advertisers are bamboozlers, since they're constantly trying to trick you into buying something you probably don't need.

Definitions of bamboozle
  1. verb
    conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
    “He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well”
    synonyms: hoodwink, lead by the nose, play false, pull the wool over someone's eyes, snow
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    type of:
    betray, deceive, lead astray
    cause someone to believe an untruth
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