discombobulate discombobulate  /ˌdɪs kəm ˈbɔb ju leɪt/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) cause to be confused emotionally
  2. (v) be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

Usage(s):

  1. What a boor! His lack of success in trying to discombobulate our able President to me was elating.
  2. California has learned to its dismay how an influx of war workers can discombobulate the medical care of whole towns.

News

  • TUAW TV Live: Special Apple Event Episode

    This week's going to discombobulate the entire Apple blogging world, since many of our regularly scheduled events are being affected by today's Apple event . Instead of the regular time on Wednesday afternoon, TUAW TV Live has moved to Tuesday to better provide you with fresh, tasty video. Shawn "Doc Rock" Boyd and I are here to talk about today's announcements and provide our take on their ...
    on September 11, 2013     Source: The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Quotes

  1. "Sometimes I'd discombobulate people by asking questions because they already had their minds made up about me," Thomas said. "The best way to deal with that situation was to keep my mouth shut and just perform on the field, and I was still...
    on Jul 26, 2008 By: Duane Thomas Source: Dallas Morning News

  2. "They're enough athletes in this league that you can hang in there, make some plays here and there, maybe discombobulate somebody on offense long enough for you to stay in the game and have a chance to win it in the fourth," Vandy coach Bobby...
    on Oct 29, 2008 By: Bobby Johnson Source: The State

  3. Mr Neil said: "He is probably the world's most formidable deal-maker ...... He comes from leftfield when you least expect it in ways that discombobulate the opposition."
    on Nov 17, 2006 By: Andrew Neil Source: Guardian Unlimited

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