bluff

bluff
bluff1 [blʌf] v [I and T]
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Probably from Dutch bluffen 'to boast, play a kind of card game']
to pretend something, especially in order to achieve what you want in a difficult or dangerous situation
You wouldn't really tell her. You're bluffing!
bluff your way out of/through/past etc sb/sth
(=go somewhere or succeed in doing something by deceiving someone)
I hope we'll be able to bluff our way past the guard.
'I was with Don,' she said, deciding to bluff it out (=continue to pretend something) .
bluff sb into (doing) sth
(=make someone do something by deceiving them)
bluff 2
bluff2 n
[Sense: 1-2; Date: 1800-1900; Origin: BLUFF1]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: BLUFF3]
1.) [U and C]
an attempt to deceive someone by making them think you will do something when you do not intend to do it
The threat was only a bluff.
Whatever you say, you must do it. This isn't a game of bluff .
2.) call sb's bluff
to tell someone to do what they have threatened because you do not believe that they will really do it
3.)
a very steep cliff or slope
bluff 3
bluff3 adj
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Early Dutch blaf 'flat']
a bluff person, usually a man, is pleasant but very direct and does not always consider other people
He was a bluff no-nonsense administrator.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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