bluff bluff  /b ˈləf/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
  2. (n) pretense that your position is stronger than it really is
  3. (n) the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
  4. (v) deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand
  5. (v) frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
  6. (adj) very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
  7. (adj) bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured

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Usage(s):

  1. North Korea's announcement of the successful underground detonation of a nuclear weapon has called Washington's bluff.
  2. The best way to prevent her from calling his bluff is in fact not to bluff--to be the kind of hothead who is crazy enough to do it.
  3. What a brilliant bluff the Republicans have been acting out these past couple of years! It's like the elaborate hoax in the movie The Sting.

News

  1. Sergeant Bluff man pleads guilty to passing counterfeit money, fleeing police

    A Sergeant Bluff man pleaded guilty Thursday to passing a counterfeit $20 bill and leading police on a high-speed chase.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Sioux City Journal

  2. Fair Bluff Police identify suspects in breaking and entering case

    Officers with the Fair Bluff Police Department where called to the 300 block of E. Brooks St. on Friday, May 31, 2013 where a breaking and entering and larceny had occurred.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: WECT 6 Wilmington

  3. Poplar Bluff continues to grow

    Present day, Stanard says Bluff has come a long way. He points to current companies as an example of the city’s growth.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KFVS 12 Cape Girardeau

Quotes

  1. "We'll see how it goes, but this is not an act. It's not a bluff. It's just reality," Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said Sunday. "Because as much as I want Santana, and you can make that clear - for his sake, to know that I...
    on Dec 2, 2007 By: George Steinbrenner Source: USA Today

  2. "It's tempting just to, as everyone said, you know, call their bluff or whatever," Favre said. "I think it's going to be a circus in itself already, whether I go there, whatever."
    on Jul 15, 2008 By: Brett Favre Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Next year when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits and debt step up, because I'm calling their bluff," he said.
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

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