call someone's bluff

Definition of call someone's bluff

  1. :  to challenge someone's statement or threat because it is not believed When she threatened to quit her job, her boss called her bluff and told her she could leave if she wanted to.

Word by Word Definitions

callplay
  1. :  to speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance :  shout

    :  to make a request or demand

    :  to utter a characteristic note or cry

  1. :  an act of calling with the voice :  shout

    :  an imitation of the cry of a bird or other animal made to attract it

    :  an instrument used for calling

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

bluffplay
  1. :  having a broad flattened front

    :  rising steeply with a broad flat or rounded front

    :  good-naturedly frank and outspoken

  1. :  a high steep bank :  cliff

  1. :  to deter or frighten by pretense or a mere show of strength

    :  deceive

    :  feign

  1. :  a false threat or claim intended to deter or deceive someone :  an act or instance of bluffing (see 3bluff)

    :  the practice of bluffing

    :  one who bluffs


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