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  1. A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
  2. An act of bluffing; an expression of self-confidence for the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio; as, that is only bluff, or a bluff.
  3. (poker) An attempt to represent yourself as holding a stronger hand than you do.
    John's bet was a , he bet without even so much as a pair.
    1. To make a bluff
    John bluffed by betting without even a pair.
    1. Having a broad, flattened front; as, the bluff bows of a ship.
    2. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
    3. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
      • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
      • : ...he had a , rough-and-ready face, all roughened and reddened and lined in his long travels.
      • Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque; as, a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea captain.

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