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Dictionary definition for: Bluff

1. (n) a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)

2. (v) deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand

3. (s) very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front; "a bluff headland" "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise" "a sheer descent of rock"

4. (n) pretense that your position is stronger than it really is; "his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"

5. (v) frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is

6. (s) bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured; "a bluff but pleasant manner" "a bluff and rugged natural leader"

7. (n) the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards

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