It was no good to set broad goals for agencies: those goals tended to contradict each other—or else to baffle the agency itself.
The singer-actress admits the debate continues to offend and baffle her.
With only two young witnesses, no clear motive, and no identified suspect, the case continues to baffle authorities.
This hidden Eden continues to baffle geologists with its oculus of volcanic stone.
That decision continues to baffle some law enforcement officials nearly two decades later.
The lower end of the shell is provided with a baffle plate O, which tends to keep the oil away from the mica.
How audacious, and how disconcerting to Nature, to baffle her thus!
It was Carmena, every nerve of her loyal nature on the alert to baffle this pursuer of Alessandro and Ramona.
It then passes out from the baffle plates to the heaters and repeats the cycle.
The ups and downs of business distracted him but did not baffle him.
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.).