verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of bluff2
Examples from the Web for bluffing
Nor would the dangers end there even if Obama were not bluffing; Putin might think he was bluffing anyway and start a war.Obama Must Show He’ll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine|Leslie H. Gelb|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As menacing as those automatic rifles were, I felt the Somalis were bluffing.‘You Have 30 Seconds’: The Real Captain Phillips’s Gripping Memoir|Captain Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Even a bluffing superpower can be forced to ante up ... or perhaps fold as casualties mount and treasury accounts go bust.War Is the New Peace: American Vets Reflect on Syria|John Kael Weston|September 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It may sound absurd at first flush, but politics and poker have a lot more than just bluffing in common.What Politicians Can Learn at the World Series of Poker|Jonathan Miller|July 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Jonathan Chait thinks Speaker Boehner is bluffing on allowing the sequestration to take place.
You've been bluffing me from the start, and you're going to try it again.The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush|Francis Lynde
I know you pretend you do not, but I don't know that you are not bluffing when you say so.Frank Merriwell's Races|Burt L. Standish
Rover, I've had enough of your bluffing, and I won't stand for any more of it!The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck|Edward Stratemeyer
She did not belong to the alert, quickly “bluffing” type of young lady.The Squirrel-Cage|Dorothy Canfield
If these things are the Outsiders, they could be bluffing us.Warlord of Kor|Terry Gene Carr
Word Origin for bluff
Word Origin for bluff
1845, in the poker sense, verbal noun from bluff (v.).
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.
see call someone's bluff.