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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from Dutch bluffen 'to boast, play a kind of card game'

bluff

1 verb
     
bluff1 [intransitive and transitive]
to 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)

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