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Definition of Bluff

Bluff

  1. Having a broad, flattened front; as, the bluff bows of a ship.
  2. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
  3. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
  4. Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque; as, a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea captain.
  5. A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
  6. An act of bluffing; an expression of self-confidence for the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio; as, that is only bluff, or a bluff.
  7. A game at cards; poker.
  8. To deter (an opponent) from taking the risk of betting on his hand of cards, as the bluffer does by betting heavily on his own hand although it may be of less value.
  9. To frighten or deter from accomplishing a purpose by making a show of confidence in one's strength or resources; as, he bluffed me off.
  10. To act as in the game of bluff.

Bluff Quotations

Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.
Orison Swett Marden

When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

The whole world is run on bluff.
Marcus Garvey

I'm not like a poker player. I'm not into bluff. My way is to look someone in the eye and tell them the way I'm intending to go. My cards are always on the table.
Tori Amos

The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.
Ambrose Bierce
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Bluff Translations

bluff in German is Bluff, rauh aber herzlich, Felsvorsprung, Kliff
bluff in Norwegian is barsk, steil, bratt
bluff in Swedish is bluff

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