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baffle
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Jane Eyre
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  • "I have never heard Mr. Rochester’s voice or step in the house to-day; but surely I shall see him before night: I feared the meeting in the morning; now I desire it, because expectation has been so long baffled that it is grown impatient."
  • This, spoken in a cool, tranquil tone, was mortifying and baffling enough.

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  • Sympathies, I believe, exist (for instance, between far-distant, long-absent, wholly estranged relatives asserting, notwithstanding their alienation, the unity of the source to which each traces his origin) whose workings baffle mortal comprehension.
  • I had dared and baffled his fury; I must elude his sorrow: I retired to the door.
  • In her animal spirits there was an affluence of life and certainty of flow, such as excited my wonder, while it baffled my comprehension.
  • "I don’t mean to be baffled by a little stiffness on your part; I’m prepared to go to considerable lengths."
  • Baffled so far, I changed my ground.
  • Grace has, on the whole, proved a good keeper; though, owing partly to a fault of her own, of which it appears nothing can cure her, and which is incident to her harassing profession, her vigilance has been more than once lulled and baffled.
  • And then my mind made its first earnest effort to comprehend what had been infused into it concerning heaven and hell; and for the first time it recoiled, baffled; and for the first time glancing behind, on each side, and before it, it saw all round an unfathomed gulf: it felt the one point where it stood — the present; all the rest was formless cloud and vacant depth; and it shuddered at the thought of tottering, and plunging amid that chaos.

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as in: baffled him Define
to completely confuse someone
as in: acoustic baffle Define
something constructed to control the flow of sound or fluid
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