flummox

[fluhm-uhks]
verb (used with object) Informal.
to bewilder; confound; confuse.

Origin:
1830–40; origin uncertain

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flummox (ˈflʌməks)
 
vb
(tr) to perplex or bewilder
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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flummox
1837, cant word, origin uncertain, probably from some forgotten British dialect. Candidates cluster in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, southern Cheshire and also in Sheffield. "The formation seems to be onomatopoeic, expressive of the notion of throwing down roughly and untidily." Never let it be said
that the OED editors lacked imagination. Related: Flummoxed.
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Example sentences
Chameleons have cold-proof tongues that allow them to hunt efficiently at temperatures that would flummox other lizards.
The answers to these questions can flummox even the savviest travelers.
It is a ratio that can flummox, particularly during a rainstorm at rush hour.
But both of those countries are deep in flummox about the crisis.
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