faze

If nothing can faze you, you are unflappable. Nothing bothers you, or gets you off your game. To faze is to disrupt or disturb.

Faze is a new word, descending from a word that meant to frighten away. At basketball games, when a player is shooting a foul shot, fans behind the net will try to faze the player by waving towels and making loud noise. They are trying to disturb him, so that he misses the kind of shot he's made thousands of times before.

Definitions of faze
  1. verb
    disturb the composure of
    synonyms: enervate, unnerve, unsettle
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    types:
    unman
    cause to lose one's nerve
    type of:
    discomfit, discompose, disconcert, rattle, untune, upset
    cause to lose one's composure
Commonly confused words

faze / phase

To faze is to disturb, bother, or embarrass, but a phase is a stage or step. It could faze your family if your princess phase lasts well into your college years.

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