As menacing as those automatic rifles were, I felt the Somalis were bluffing.
If nothing else, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and the GOP Republicans have demonstrated their bluffing proficiency.
bluffing and chest-thumping are a big part of the Iranian game plan.
Goldberg interviewed a large number of Israeli officials and drew the conclusion that Netanyahu and Israel were not bluffing.
Everyone is staring hard at everyone's reflection, and everyone hoping everyone else is bluffing.
If this was bluffing, it was a very clever bluff, and magnificently carried out.
Was Tinhorn bluffing or did he have another queen in the “hole”?
She had been bluffing all along, and when it came to a showdown we found that she couldn't shoot for shucks.
Smith believed he was bluffing, but there was an equal chance that he was not.
Mrs. Spencer might be, probably was, bluffing but he did not propose to be the one to call it; the result was quite too uncertain.
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'']