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bluff (noun) pretense; a steep flat rising hillside (a cliff).

When you pretend that you will do something without intending to do it, you bluff. Pretense of knowing something is also a bluff. Your threat to hit someone, when you do not really intend to hit them or cannot hit them is a bluff. A headmaster's threat to punish a boy seriously without intending to do it is a bluff. A bluff is more or less an empty threat just to make others do what you want them to do. A claim to know something without knowing it is also a bluff. 'He bluffs that he knows most of the great actors of Hollywood.' This means, he claims to know them but does not know them. A bluff is a steep flat rock face rising to a cliff.

  • Amy's bluff that she knows everything about the place has been exposed as it is clear that she does not know a thing about it. Her directions to the place took us to a point far off from the place.
  • When he threatened to resign, everyone thought it was just a bluff, as he had been known to bluff. This time, however, he has proved everyone wrong by actually resigning.
  • The daring attempt of the mountaineer to climb up the bluff ended successfully with his reaching the cliff in record time.
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