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      vb  
1    to pretend to be confident about an uncertain issue or to have undisclosed resources, in order to influence or deter (someone)  
      n  
2    deliberate deception intended to create the impression of a stronger position or greater resources than one actually has  
3    call someone's bluff   to challenge someone to give proof of his claims  
     (C19: originally US poker-playing term, from Dutch bluffen to boast)  
  bluffer      n  
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bluff          [2]  
      n  
1    a steep promontory, bank, or cliff, esp. one formed by river erosion on the outside bend of a meander  
2      (Canadian)   a clump of trees on the prairie; copse  
      adj  
3    good-naturedly frank and hearty  
4    (of a bank, cliff, etc.) presenting a steep broad face  
     (C17 (in the sense: nearly perpendicular): perhaps from Middle Dutch blaf broad)  
  bluffly      adv  
  bluffness      n  

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bluff         

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      vb   con, deceive, defraud, delude, fake, feign, humbug, lie, mislead, pretend, pull the wool over someone's eyes, sham  
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      n   bluster, boast, braggadocio, bragging, bravado, deceit, deception, fake, feint, fraud, humbug, idle boast, lie, mere show, pretence, sham, show, subterfuge  

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bluff          [2]  
      n  
1    bank, cliff, crag, escarpment, headland, peak, precipice, promontory, ridge, scarp  
      adj  
2    abrupt, blunt, blustering, downright, frank, genial, good-natured, hearty, open, outspoken, plain-spoken  
3    abrupt, perpendicular, precipitous, sheer, steep, towering  
  
Antonyms     
  
2    delicate, diplomatic, discreet, judicious, sensitive, tactful, thoughtful  

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