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"bluff" in British English

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bluffverb [I or T]

uk   us   /blʌf/
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? Tonyseems to ​know a lot about ​music, but sometimes I ​think he's only bluffing. She bluffed the ​doorman intothinking that she was a ​reporter.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 ​deceivingpeople: How 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.

bluffnoun

uk   us   /blʌf/
  • bluff noun (PRETEND)

[C or U] an ​attempt to bluff: When she said she was ​leaving him, he ​thought it was only a bluff.
  • bluff noun (CLIFF)

[C] a cliff or very ​steepbank

bluffadjective

uk   us   /blʌf/
direct or too ​honest, often in a way that ​peoplefindrude: Despite her bluff manner, she's ​actually a very ​kind woman.
(Definition of bluff from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bluff" in American English

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bluffverb

 us   /blʌf/
  • bluff verb (TRICK)

to ​try to ​trick someone into ​believing something, esp. in ​order to get an ​advantage over that ​person: [I] The ​landlordclaimed to have the ​right to ​raise his ​rent, but we ​believed he was bluffing and ​refused to ​pay it.

bluffnoun [C]

 us   /blʌf/
  • bluff noun [C] (CLIFF)

(used in many ​names of ​places) a ​cliff or ​steepslope, often above a ​river: Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • bluff noun [C] (TRICK)

an ​attempt to ​trick someone: The ​threat to go on ​strike was no bluff, the ​unionleadersinsisted.
(Definition of bluff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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