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bluster (verb) make an empty threat; (wind) blow violently.

When you talk loudly and threateningly, but to no effect, that is, when people know that you cannot be serious about your threats, you bluster. For example, 'let him bluster, who cares?' means that he talks threateningly but no one is afraid because he cannot carry out his threat. When the wind blows violently, it blusters. 'As winds blustered, the ship was tossed on the waves.' This means that as the wind blew violently, the waves rose and fell and the ship was thrown up and down. If a ship puts out to sea in a blustering wind, it cannot have a smooth sailing.

  • The workers did not care about the supervisor's bluster to throw them out because they knew that only the manager had the power to throw them out, and not the supervisor.
  • Caught in a bluster, the ship on its maiden voyage was driven off course and its arrival at its destination was delayed by a day.
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