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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bamboo’zle.
 
To cheat by cunning, or daze with tricks.   1
        “The third refinement observable in the letter I send you, consists of the choice of certain words invented by some pretty fellows, such as banter, bamboozle … and kidney … some of which are now struggling for the vogue, and others are in possession of it.”—Swift: The Tatler (Sept. 28, 1710).
   To bamboozle into (doing something). To induce by trickery.   2
   To bamboozle one out of something. To get something by trickery.   3
 


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