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
And the moment a change is introduced, the process must begin anew, since the
  staff is flummoxed as to how to proceed once again.
But ask them how they make it, and they're suddenly flummoxed.
Newcomers who are intrigued by this phenomenal success story might be flummoxed
  when they see the film.
And if minerals that depend upon life for their formation show up, then
  researchers will be flummoxed.
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