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See also: Bluff
- An act of bluffing; a false expression of the strength of one's position in order to intimidate; braggadocio.
- That is only bluff, or a bluff.
- (poker) An attempt to represent oneself as holding a stronger hand than they actually do.
- John's bet was a bluff: he bet without even so much as a pair.
- (US, dated) The card game poker.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)
- One who bluffs; a bluffer.
- (slang, dated) An excuse.
act of bluffing
poker: attempt to represent yourself as holding a stronger hand than you do
- (poker) To make a bluff; to give the impression that one's hand is stronger than it is.
- John bluffed by betting without even a pair.
- (by analogy) To frighten or deter with a false show of strength or confidence; to give a false impression of strength or temerity in order to intimidate and gain some advantage.
- The government claims it will call an election if this bill does not pass. Is it truly ready to do so, or is it bluffing?
- To take advantage by bluffing.
- We bluffed our way past the guards.
Terms derived from bluff (verb)
to make a bluff
to scare with a false show of strength
bluff (plural bluffs)
- A high, steep bank, for example by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
- (Canadian Prairies) A small wood or stand of trees, typically poplar or willow.
high, steep bank
- Having a broad, flattened front.
- the bluff bows of a ship
- Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
- Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
- Roughly frank and hearty in one's manners.
- Synonyms: abrupt, unceremonious, blunt, brusque
- a bluff answer
- a bluff manner of talking
- a bluff sea captain
- (Can we date this quote by I. Taylor and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- There is indeed a bluff pertinacity which is a proper defence in a moment of surprise.
rising steeply with a flat or rounded front
surly; churlish; gruff; rough
abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque
- To fluff, puff or swell up.
- 1866, Grantley F[itzhardinge] Berkeley, “Incidents of Sport”, in My Life and Recollections. [...] Complete in Four Volumes, volume III, London: Hurst and Blackett, publishers, successors to Henry Colburn, […], OCLC 800511811, page 124:
- Not a sparrow on the cottage thatch, where the chimney's warmth had thawed the snow, that did not seem to have his great coat on, so bluffed out were the feathers, and not a frozen-out duck who did not glance up at the icicles hanging to the roof, and quack a prayer for rain.
- 1870, Grantley F[itzhardinge] Berkeley, “The Fair Doe of Fernditch”, in Tales of Life and Death. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: Chapman and Hall, […], OCLC 21730127, page 117:
- [W]hen the bare boughs of a tree intervened between her and the rising bright but deep red sun, frosted as the twigs were, on them sat a merry flock of sparrows, the feathers on their breasts bluffed out, as if they had donned warm winter spencers to shield them from the biting blast.
- 2002, Nick Fowler, “Sunday in the Park with Sores”, in A Thing (or Two) about Curtis and Camilla, New York, N.Y.: Pantheon Books, →ISBN; 1st Vintage Contemporaries edition, New York, N.Y.: Vintage Books, June 2003, →ISBN, pages 285–286:
- I remember one idle bright afternoon here when Phillip bluffed out his little chest, sneaking expectant glances back at me and Cammy, until she "restrained" him from bickering with that beagle.
- “bluff” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
bluff m (plural bluffs)
- “bluff” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- a bluff
|Declension of bluff|