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fluster (verb) make nervous or confused.
A person is flustered when they are made nervous or confused especially because they are asked to do a lot of things in a hurry. A teacher may fluster her pupils by asking them too many questions to be answered, all in a short time. You are flustered when you have too many things to attend to in a short time. A housewife is flustered when she has to look after a number of things in too short a time.
- That day John was totally flustered. He had to attend to a number of phone calls, study a file, receive the visiting board member, and take his kids to hospital, all before 12 noon.
- The interrogators conducting the enquiry flustered the suspect in the bomb blast case by putting him too many questions at the same time and giving him very little time to think.