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baffle to treat ignominiously, to use contemptuously ( “Baffle . . . was originally a punishment of infamy, inflicted on recreant knights, one part of which was hanging them up by the heels. In French baffouer or baffoler. Nares's Gloss.): “I will baffle Sir Toby,” TWELFTH NIGHT, ii. 5. 143 ; “baffle me,” 1 HENRY IV., i. 2. 98 ; “how have they baffled thee!” TWELFTH NIGHT, v. 1. 356 ; “baffled here,” RICHARD II., i. 1. 170 ; “shall good news be baffled?” 2 HENRY IV., v. 3. 104.

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