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bluff

verb [I or T] uk   /blʌf/ us  
to deceive someone by making them think either that you are going to do something when you really have no intention of doing it, or that you have knowledge that you do not really have, or that you are someone else: Is he going to jump or is he only bluffing? Tony seems to know a lot about music, but sometimes I think he's only bluffing. She bluffed the doorman into thinking that she was a reporter.Faking and pretending bluff your way into/out of sth If you bluff your way into or out of a situation, you get yourself into or out of it by deceiving people: However did Mina manage to bluff her way into that job? He's one of those people who is very good at bluffing their way out of trouble.Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping

bluff

noun uk   /blʌf/ us  

bluff noun (PRETEND)

[C or U] an attempt to bluff: When she said she was leaving him, he thought it was only a bluff.Faking and pretending

bluff noun (CLIFF)

[C] a cliff or very steep bankBanks and embankmentsWatercourses and waterfalls

bluff

adjective uk   /blʌf/ us  
direct or too honest, often in a way that people find rude: Despite her bluff manner, she's actually a very kind woman.Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly
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