baffle

Part of speech: verb

To defeat, foil, or frustrate; circumvent.

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Usage examples "baffle":

  1. Because it would baffle my efforts to listen. - "Shirley", Charlotte Brontë.
  2. They know that you will baffle their plans so long as you live. - "The Scarlet Banner", Felix Dahn.
  3. It may all have occurred as the mate fancied, or the unusual incident may have been owing to some of the many mysterious causes which baffle inquiry, when the agents are necessarily hidden from examination. - "Jack Tier or The Florida Reef", James Fenimore Cooper.