to mislead by a display of strength, self-confidence, or the like:
He bluffed me into believing that he was a doctor.
to gain by bluffing:
He bluffed his way into the job.
Poker. to deceive by a show of confidence in the strength of one’s cards.
to mislead someone by presenting a bold, strong, or self-confident front:
That open face makes it impossible for him to bluff.
an act or instance or the practice of bluffing:
Her pathetic story was all a bluff to get money from us. His assertive manner is mostly bluff.
a person who bluffs; bluffer:
That big bluff doesn’t have a nickel to his name.
call someone’s bluff, to expose a person’s deception; challenge someone to carry out a threat:
He always said he would quit, so we finally called his bluff.
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to pretend to be confident about an uncertain issue or to have undisclosed resources, in order to influence or deter (someone)
deliberate deception intended to create the impression of a stronger position or greater resources than one actually has
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a steep promontory, bank, or cliff, esp one formed by river erosion on the outside bend of a meander
(Canadian) a clump of trees on the prairie; copse
good-naturedly frank and hearty
(of a bank, cliff, etc) presenting a steep broad face
see: call someone’s bluff
good-naturedly direct, blunt, or frank; heartily outspoken: a big, bluff, generous man. presenting a bold and nearly perpendicular front, as a coastline: a bluff, precipitous headland. Nautical. (of the bow of a vessel) having a full, blunt form. a cliff, headland, or hill with a broad, steep face. North Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Canadian Prairie […]
a substance, as indigo, used to whiten clothes or give them a bluish tinge. the pure color of a clear sky; the primary color between green and violet in the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 450 and 500 nm. bluing. something having a blue color: Place the blue next to […]
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Léon [lee-on;; French ley-awn] /ˈli ɒn;; French leɪˈɔ̃/ (Show IPA), 1872–1950, French statesman, journalist, and Socialist Party leader: premier of France 1936–37, 1938, 1946–47. Contemporary Examples This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 24, 2014 Thomas Flynn February 23, 2014 Was Jesus Lily-White? Author Edward Blum Discusses Race and the Mormon Religion Jamie Reno July 26, 2012 […]