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befog

[bih-fog, -fawg] /bɪˈfɒg, -ˈfɔg/
verb (used with object), befogged, befogging.
1.
to envelop in fog or obscurity; becloud:
Low-hanging clouds befogged the city.
2.
to render unclear; confuse by irrelevancies or distractions:
Petty differences befogged the legislators' task.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; be- + fog1
Synonyms
2. confound, blur, muddle, obfuscate.
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British Dictionary definitions for befogging

befog

/bɪˈfɒɡ/
verb (transitive) -fogs, -fogging, -fogged
1.
to surround with fog
2.
to make confused, vague, or less clear
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