Conservatives were “bamboozled,” says former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken.
Speaking of bamboozled, every Halloween you hear a horror story of a celebrity in blackface costume.
Roseanne Barr thinks America has been “bamboozled and hoodwinked.”
1703, originally a slang or cant word, perhaps Scottish from bombaze "perplex," related to bombast, or French embabouiner "to make a fool (literally 'baboon') of." Related: Bamboozled; bamboozling. As a noun from 1703.
Confused; mystified (1800s+)
To hoax; trick; swindle; flimflam: My worthy opponent thrives by bamboozling the public
[Underworld 1700s+; origin unknown and much disputed; some claim a Romany source]