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Bluff \Bluff\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bluffed; p. pr. & vb. n. Bluffing.]

  1. (Poker) 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. [U. S.]

  2. 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. [Colloq.]


vb. (en-past of: bluff)

Usage examples of "bluffed".

Drizzt bluffed, "and you know how we repay even demon lords who cross us.

Well, he usually is, I suppose," Nanfoodle bluffed, thinking himself quite clever.

Crooks like Leo, Beak and Solo had been totally bluffed when Radbard had broken the customs seals in their presence and shown them the papers in the express box.

He felt sure he would die the instant he released the pressure point, but the pain was not bad enough to prevent him from holding the snifter in the poisoned hand - and, judging by his success so far, he could probably have bluffed the officer into letting him finish it.

He bluffed the deadlock without turning a hairsmiled calmly at it and asked it to play ballbecause that was the only thing to do.

He explained that his kit had been stolen, and bluffed his way through, wandering round the shop and collecting likely-looking instruments here and there, while he kept the proprietor occupied with a flow of patter that was coarse enough to keep any laughter-loving Boche amused for hours.

I do not, repeat, do not like being bluffed out of three of a kind by a charming little ship’s doctor who’s holding a lousy pair of threes!

He should have known that a hardened criminal like Piebald would not be bluffed.

The bast of hot air around it stung her eyes so that she could no longer see, but she bluffed: "I'll burn you all if you don't get those pirates!