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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