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baffle
used in The Sunlight Dialogues

26 uses
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1  —5 uses as in:
baffled her
Definition
to completely confuse someone
  • It was that, the bafflement that came of talking with a man without visible emotions, that urged Clumly on.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (74% in)
  • And join the conspiracy, from bafflement: yes: we're the world, there's no denying it: we're old: and whatever it is that the world has done to them, it was us, we did it, whatever it was.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (77% in)
  • Thus began the remarkable dialogue Batavia Chief of Police Fred Clumly would play over and over later, with confused feelings of bafflement and rage and sorrow.
    7 — The Dialogue on Wood and Stone (40% in)
  • In answer to Clumly's look of bafflement he merely shrugged.
    9 — "Like a robber, I shall proceed according to my will." (96% in)
  • He knew very well how absurd he must look, oh yes, yes, he understood their bafflement—the Chief of Police standing there weeping, crying his heart out, for a man he'd been hunting Like a wild animal for days and days and days.
    24 — Law and Order (20% in)

There are no more uses of "baffle" flagged with this meaning in The Sunlight Dialogues.

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  • Still the old eyes searched him, cunning and baffled and something else too; after an instant Hodge caught what it was: wounded.
    13 — Nah ist—und schwer zu fassen der Gott (84% in)
  • It was the sea that did it, old and bottomless with mystery, as people say, capable at times of unbelievable rage, and capable, too, of a peace that baffled you.
    1 — The Watchdog (11% in)
  • He looked baffled, slightly hurt.
    2 — When the Exorcist Shall Go to the House of the Patient... (95% in)
  • Nevertheless, the man was a comfort, his very existence satisfying in a world that incessantly demanded fine distinctions between things not worth a man's thinking about: a world of jokes to be puzzled out and laughed at in the right places (how many times, in how many grim rooms had Millie thrown back her head and white throat, and laughed while Hodge sat chuckling fierce and baffled, heavy as iron in his chair!
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (16% in)
  • More and more he repeated himself, struggling for the old clearheadedness in a stifling attic of increasingly baffling, antiquated opinions.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (26% in)
  • " Hodge waited, and later it would seem to him that Clumly had taken a good deal longer than necessary to come out with it: he would remember that absolute stillness of Miller, standing by the door looking fixedly into his hat, and Clumly himself, touching his nose with two fingers like a man baffled by a sudden and inexplicable change in a familiar landscape, studying Hodge's jaw.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (39% in)
  • The expression on the face—the thin, wide lips, the far-apart eyes, the nostrils flared like the nostrils of a horse—was a baffling mixture of joy and terror.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (42% in)
  • So baffled she used to look sometimes!
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (82% in)
  • And then—Hodge's father a blind old man now, baffled and lost—then came machines.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (91% in)
  • He was baffled, of course.
    4 — Mama (95% in)
  • She gave them a smile she knew to be brilliant, baffling them, she hoped, smashing their outlaw defenses.
    4 — Mama (96% in)
  • He scolded jaywalkers with a severity he secretly found comic, and now and then, with an unexpected, momentarily baffling smile, he let them know it.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (12% in)
  • Full of mysterious trust that fills the best of their parents and teachers with alarm, with grief for them because the world will change them, and with baffled shame because parents and teachers can't hope to prevent it, and even the best must contribute to it in ways they will not recognize themselves.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (76% in)
  • As for gods reflecting aspects of the human condition, some were perfectly clear and reasonable in meaning—some were representative of the grace and majesty of femininity, for instance—but others were baffling, for example the bull-shaped son of Samas, with idiot's eyes and a crown of unbelievable splendor.
    7 — The Dialogue on Wood and Stone (46% in)
  • Baffling, isn't it!
    7 — The Dialogue on Wood and Stone (52% in)
  • Very well then, baffling.
    7 — The Dialogue on Wood and Stone (52% in)
  • It baffles you.
    7 — The Dialogue on Wood and Stone (96% in)
  • But then the memory or half-memory was gone, and he was baffled.
    8 — The Kleppmann File (14% in)
  • In the same way, once when he was a child of ten, he had agreed to ride to school on his wooden-wheeled bicycle with a group of friends from neighboring farms, and he'd gotten up and gone to their houses one after another and had waited and waited and finally had left without them, baffled and wounded by their cruel betrayal; he had found when he got to the school that he was hours ahead of his time.
    13 — Nah ist—und schwer zu fassen der Gott (9% in)
  • " "That's my business," Paxton said, baffled.
    13 — Nah ist—und schwer zu fassen der Gott (82% in)
  • " Ben shook his head, baffled by the linear simplicity of his younger brother's world.
    15 — The Dialogue of the Dead (23% in)

There are no more uses of "baffle" in The Sunlight Dialogues.

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