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.
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.
- a bluff or bold shore
- Its banks, if not really steep, had a bluff and precipitous aspect.
- Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
- roughly frank
- 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 Katherine Barker, editor, Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 2nd edition, Don Mills, Ont.; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, →ISBN.
bluff m (plural bluffs)
- “bluff” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).