From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbluffbluff1 /blʌf/ verb [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 PRETENDto pretend something, especially in order to achieve what you want in a difficult or dangerous situation 🔊 You wouldn’t really tell her. You’re bluffing!bluff your way out of/through/past etc somebody/something (=go somewhere or succeed in doing something by deceiving someone) 🔊 I hope we’ll be able to bluff our way past the guard. 🔊 ‘I was with Don, ’ she said, deciding to bluff it out (=continue to pretend something).bluff somebody into (doing) something (=make someone do something by deceiving them)→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
bluff• But Amanda knew him well enough to suspect that he might be bluffing.• The prospect of scaring off awkwardmedia revelations will always provide a great temptation for Attorneys to bluff.• This would be a pity if the Attorney were bluffing.• The complexityarises when all players know how to bluff and double-bluff.• Remember the hands you were dealt, the full-house of love, the ace-high you bluffed on.• If he bids high, is he bluffing, or does he actually hold a strong hand?• They're not bluffing when they say this could start a civilwar.bluff it out• Most people pay up straight away, but there are a few who keep trying to bluff it out.• So perhaps we can bluff it out and collectsoftware by day leaving philosophicaldisquiet to the troubled night.• I shall bluff it out at least until my next dolecheque.• Could he bluff it out, or had he really done it now?