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a steep wall of rock, earth, or ice
  • fossils embedded in a stone bluff that date from the Jurassic period

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1 to cause to believe what is untrue
  • I bluffed the interviewer into believing that I could really speak French and thus would be the perfect person to serve in the newspaper's Paris bureau

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2 to present a false appearance of
  • the basketball player bluffed a shot, then passed instead

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bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality. a bluff manner blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings. a blunt appraisal brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness. a brusque response curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness. a curt command crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness. a crusty exterior gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness. puts on a gruff pose

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The first known use of bluff was in 1627

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“Bluff.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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to assert without proof or before proving

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