See also: Bluff
bluff (plural bluffs)
- 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.
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 (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
to make a bluff
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.
- a bluff or bold shore
- Its banks, if not really steep, had a bluff and precipitous aspect.
- Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
- Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque.
- a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea captain
- I. Taylor
- 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
- “bluff” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
bluff m (plural bluffs)
- “bluff” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).