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    #1

    Get buffaloed

    Hello,

    Can anybody help me what the bold text means?

    “Once upon a time, that man was the greatest heavy in Hollywood.”
    With a shrug, staring at the giant with the ruined face, Zuckerman says, “What makes him a ‘poor fella’? I’m the guy got buffaloed.”
    Mrs. Merryweather lowers her voice, as though imparting something unseemly. “Poor guy’s in stage four I’m told, pancreatic cancer, inoperable.”
    Zuckerman thinks about this, sips his champagne, thinks about it some more, then decides to investigate further and walks over to the colossus.

    Heavy, Jay Bonansinga, 2012

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    #2

    Re: Get buffaloed

    "Get buffaloed" means to get tricked or fooled. The sentence should say "I'm the guy who/that got buffaloed".

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    #3

    Re: Get buffaloed

    We don't use this in BrE- is it standard in AmE?

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    #4

    Re: Get buffaloed

    Yes it is.

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    #5

    Re: Get buffaloed

    Perhaps the town of Buffalo is renowned as the Mecca of con-men? Or maybe Buffalo Bill won gunfights by feinting to draw, and so gaining the moral high ground (self-defence)...? (Sounds like there's a story behind this.)

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    #6

    Re: Get buffaloed

    I am not sure how that usage began.

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    #7

    Re: Get buffaloed

    There's a whole story about how you can make an entire sentence out of the word.

    Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
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    #8

    Re: Get buffaloed

    To me in BrE, it sounded as though "buffaloed" meant metaphorically that he'd been "hit" by something! Possibly by receiving bad news, or where someone had perhaps trampled him verbally.

    A bit like being "steamrollered".
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 13-Oct-2015 at 15:52.

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