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\ ˈbləf \
1a : having a broad flattened front
a ship with bluff bows
b : rising steeply with a broad flat or rounded front
the bluff banks of the river
2 : good-naturedly frank and outspoken
a bluff, easygoing fellow
: a high steep bank : cliff stood on the bluffs overlooking the ocean
bluffed; bluffing; bluffs
1a : to deter or frighten by pretense or a mere show of strength
bluffed them into surrendering
b : deceive bluff her way in without a ticket c : feign The catcher bluffed a throw to first.
2 card games : to deceive (an opponent) by a bold bet on an inferior hand
was bluffed out of a winning hand
: to bluff someone : act deceptively
You can tell when he is bluffing.
1a : a false threat or claim intended to deter or deceive someone : an act or instance of bluffing (see bluff entry 3)
Having … nothing to support his pretensions he decided to put up a bluff.— Sherwood Anderson His boss called his bluff.
b : the practice of bluffing
The agreement had been reached, after weeks of bluff and haggle … — Time
\ ˈbləf \ town in southern New Zealand
Bluff serves as the port for the city of Invercargill.