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  • n  a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
  • n  pretense that your position is stronger than it really is
    his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted
  • n  the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
  • v  deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand
  • v  frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
  • s  very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front
    a bluff headland
  • s  bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured
    a bluff but pleasant manner
    a bluff and rugged natural leader

  • North Korea's announcement of the successful underground detonation of a nuclear weapon has called Washington's bluff.
  • His noisy agitation to get Corsica and Tunis from France was rated as a weak bluff whose immediate objectives were no more than cheaper tolls for Italian ships in the Suez .
  • 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.
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  • George Steinbrenner in USA Today
    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...
  • Brett Favre in International Herald Tribune
    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."
  • Barack Obama in Washington Post
    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.

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