Meaning of “bluff” in the English Dictionary

"bluff" in British English

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bluffverb [ I or T ]

uk /blʌf/ 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?
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.
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:

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.


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uk /blʌf/ us /blʌf/

(Definition of “bluff” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bluff" in American English

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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 landlord claimed to have the right to raise his rent, but we believed he was bluffing and refused to pay it.

bluffnoun [ C ]

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bluff noun [ C ] (CLIFF)

(used in many names of places) a cliff or steep slope, 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 union leaders insisted.

(Definition of “bluff” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)