Bluff
Bluff Bluff, n. 1. A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face. [1913 Webster]

Beach, bluff, and wave, adieu. --Whittier. [1913 Webster]

2. An act of bluffing; an expression of self-confidence for the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio; as, that is only bluff, or a bluff. [1913 Webster]

3. A game at cards; poker. [U.S.] --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, (Said of the countenance.) / , , / , , , , (especially on the margin of a river or the sea)


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  • bluff — [ blɶf ] n. m. • 1840; mot angl. amér. 1 ♦ Aux cartes, Attitude destinée à impressionner l adversaire en lui faisant illusion. 2 ♦ (1895) Attitude destinée à en faire accroire, à intimider l adversaire sans en avoir les moyens. ⇒ mensonge,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Bluff — may refer to: * an expression of self confidence, an empty boastGeography* a very steep and broad hill or small cliff, frequently next to a river or ocean;United States places * Bluffs, Illinois, a village * Bluffs, Indiana, an unincorporated… …   Wikipedia

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  • bluff — Ⅰ. bluff [1] ► NOUN ▪ an attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something. ► VERB ▪ try to deceive someone as to one s abilities or intentions. ● call someone s bluff Cf. ↑call someone s bluff …   English terms dictionary

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  • Bluff — [bluf, blœf] Sm Täuschung erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. bluff, dessen Herkunft nicht zweifelsfrei geklärt ist. Ausgangspunkt für die Entlehnung ist wohl das Kartenspiel Poker, bei dem der Bluff zur Spielpraxis …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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  • bluff — bluff·er; bluff; bluff·ly; bluff·ness; …   English syllables

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