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Definition of "bluff" []

  • To mislead or deceive. (verb-transitive)
  • To impress, deter, or intimidate by a false display of confidence. (verb-transitive)
  • Games To try to mislead (opponents) in a card game by heavy betting on a poor hand or by little or no betting on a good one. (verb-transitive)
  • To engage in a false display of strength or confidence. (verb-intransitive)
  • The act or practice of bluffing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bluff" in a sentence
  • "Well, the police are happy they've worked out the bluff but they didn't think as far as a _double _bluff."
  • "As the term bluff may not be understood, an explanation will render the application more intelligible."
  • "The target of their bluff is the Iranian government, and the most effective warnings would be discreet and back-channel."