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  1. (verb-transitive) To mislead or deceive.
  2. (verb-transitive) To impress, deter, or intimidate by a false display of confidence.
  3. (verb-transitive) Games To try to mislead (opponents) in a card game by heavy betting on a poor hand or by little or no betting on a good one.
  4. (verb-intransitive) To engage in a false display of strength or confidence.
  5. (noun) The act or practice of bluffing.
  6. (noun) One that bluffs.
  7. (noun) A steep headland, promontory, riverbank, or cliff.
  8. (adjective) Rough and blunt but not unkind in manner. See Synonyms at gruff.
  9. (adjective) Having a broad, steep front.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Well, the police are happy they've worked out the bluff but they didn't think as far as a double bluff. - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  2. As the term bluff may not be understood, an explanation will render the application more intelligible. - Travels in the Interior of America, in the Years 1809, 1810, and 1811
  3. The target of their bluff is the Iranian government, and the most effective warnings would be discreet and back-channel. - The Nuclear Power Beside Iraq
  4. “I assume you were playing what you call a bluff when you said you had already attacked the Kauld homeworld?” - Thin Air
  5. "So I was jest puttin 'what you call bluff on record, case anything happened." - The Ridin' Kid from Powder River


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