at a loss


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Synonyms for at a loss

filled with bewilderment

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the peasants trusted him, and for thirty miles round they would come to ask his advice), he had no definite views of "the people," and would have been as much at a loss to answer the question whether he knew "the people" as the question whether he liked them.
I was utterly astounded; and, for a moment, was quite at a loss what to do.