That decision continues to baffle some law enforcement officials nearly two decades later.
With only two young witnesses, no clear motive, and no identified suspect, the case continues to baffle authorities.
It was no good to set broad goals for agencies: those goals tended to contradict each other—or else to baffle the agency itself.
1540s, "to disgrace," perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle "to disgrace publicly" (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to French bafouer "to abuse, hoodwink" (16c.), possibly from baf, a natural sound of disgust, like bah (cf. German baff machen "to flabbergast"). Meaning "to bewilder, confuse" is from 1640s; that of "to defeat someone's efforts" is from 1670s. Related: Baffled; baffling.
"shielding device," 1881, from baffle (v.).