“He felt anybody who bluffed was a weenie, as he would say,” Hotchner remembers.
Occasionally he bluffed, and got a small pot; but it was risky, as he was distinctly in a run of bad luck.
And we bluffed about the Mines, real and dummy, for all we were worth!
He meant to show the Deacon that he could not be bluffed out, even if he were a beginner.
Then I saw that she was frightened of me, and bluffed a bit more, and in the end I was nipped.
But with morning light they realized they had been “bluffed” and at once returned to the attack.
My own notion of it is that the U-boats have many of us bluffed.
I bluffed them all on board the ship, but with me the die is cast.
It's all been a bluff; we've bluffed to each other and we've all been wrong.
England, of course, continues to contemplate war, and to be bluffed by the threat of war in the circumlocutions of diplomacy.
1839, American English, poker term, perhaps from Dutch bluffen "to brag, boast," or verbluffen "to baffle, mislead." An identical word meant "blindfold, hoodwink" in 1670s, but the sense evolution and connection are unclear; OED calls it "one of the numerous cant terms ... which arose between the Restoration and the reign of Queen Anne." Extended or figurative sense by 1854. Related: Bluffed; bluffing.
"broad, vertical cliff," 1680s, from bluff (adj.) "with a broad, flat front" (1620s), a sailors' word, probably from Dutch blaf "flat, broad." Apparently a North Sea nautical term for ships with flat vertical bows, later extended to landscape features.
1844 as an alternative name for poker; from bluff (v.). As "an act of bluffing" by 1864.
: His courage was all bluff •A noun sense fr 1849 is ''an excuse'' (1870s+)
To use confident pretense as a means of winning or succeeding •The 1674 definition is ''to blindfold or hoodwink''; the game of poker was originally known as bluff (1670s+)
[perhaps related to, though not derived fr, a late 1700s bluff, ''a blindfold or blinker for a horse'']