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 for bluff
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bluff \Bluff\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bluffed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. (Poker) To deter (an opponent) from taking the risk of
        betting on his hand of cards, as the bluffer does by
        betting heavily on his own hand although it may be of less
        value. [U. S.]
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     2. To frighten or deter from accomplishing a purpose by
        making a show of confidence in one's strength or
        resources; as, he bluffed me off. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bluff \Bluff\, v. i.
     To act as in the game of bluff.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bluff \Bluff\, a. [Cf. OD. blaf flat, broad, blaffaert one with
     a broad face, also, a boaster; or G. verbl["u]ffen to
     confuse, LG. bluffen to frighten; to unknown origin.]
     1. Having a broad, flattened front; as, the bluff bows of a
        ship. "Bluff visages." --Irving.
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     2. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front. "A bluff or
        bold shore." --Falconer.
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              Its banks, if not really steep, had a bluff and
              precipitous aspect.                   --Judd.
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     3. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
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     4. Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque; as,
        a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea
        captain. "Bluff King Hal." --Sir W. Scott.
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              There is indeed a bluff pertinacity which is a
              proper defense in a moment of surprise. --I. Taylor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bluff \Bluff\, n.
     1. A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a
        ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
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              Beach, bluff, and wave, adieu.        --Whittier.
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     2. An act of bluffing; an expression of self-confidence for
        the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio; as, that is only
        bluff, or a bluff.
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     3. A game at cards; poker. [U.S.] --Bartlett.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front;
             "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of
             England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock" [syn: bluff,
             bold, sheer]
      2: bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured; "a bluff but
         pleasant manner"; "a bluff and rugged natural leader"
      n 1: a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
      2: pretense that your position is stronger than it really is;
         "his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"
      3: the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of
         confidence in the strength of your cards [syn: bluff, four
      v 1: deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with
           the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand [syn:
           bluff, bluff out]
      2: frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  386 Moby Thesaurus words for "bluff":
     Herod, abrupt, act, act a part, acting, affable, affect,
     affectation, aggressive, appearance, approachable, artful dodge,
     artifice, artless, assume, attitudinizing, bag of tricks,
     bamboozle, barefaced, bearish, beastly, beguile, betray, biggety,
     blagueur, blatherskite, blind, bluff off, bluffer, bluffing, blunt,
     blunt-edged, blunt-ended, blunt-pointed, blunted, bluntish,
     bluster, bluster and bluff, blusterer, blustering, boastfulness,
     boasting, bold, bombast, born yesterday, bosey, bounce, brag,
     braggart, bragging, brash, bravado, bravo, breakneck, brief, broad,
     brusque, bucko, bullshit, bully, bullyboy, bullying, bustle,
     cajole, candid, catch, cavalier, charlatan, cheat on, cheating,
     cheeky, chicanery, childlike, chouse, churlish, chutzpadik,
     circumvent, cliff, cocky, color, coloring, confiding, conjure,
     contemptuous, counterfeit, cover up, cozen, crag, crude, crusty,
     curt, curve, curve-ball, deceive, deception, delude, delusion,
     derisive, design, device, diddle, direct, dirty deal, dirty trick,
     disguise, disrespectful, dissemblance, dissemble, dissembling,
     dissimulate, dissimulation, dodge, double-cross, downright, dull,
     dull-edged, dull-pointed, dulled, dullish, dupe, edgeless,
     escarpment, explicit, facade, face, facy, faired, fake, faker,
     fakery, faking, false air, false front, false show, falsity,
     fanfaron, fanfaronade, fast deal, feign, feigning, feint, fetch,
     ficelle, flip, flippant, flurry, fluster, fool, forestall,
     forthright, four-flush, four-flushing, fourflusher, frank,
     frankhearted, fraud, free, free-speaking, free-spoken,
     free-tongued, fresh, friendly, frighten off, front, fuss, gally,
     gambit, gammon, gasconade, genuine, get around, gilt, gimmick,
     gloss, good-natured, googly, gratuitous, gruff, guileless, gull,
     harsh, headland, headlong, heart-to-heart, hearty, hector,
     hectorer, hectoring, hoax, hocus-pocus, honest, hoodwink,
     hornswaggle, hot air, humbug, humbuggery, impersonator,
     impertinent, impostor, imposture, impudent, ingenu, ingenuous,
     innocent, intimidate, intimidation, joke, joker, juggle, kid,
     laconic, let down, let on, let on like, make a pretense,
     make as if, make believe, make like, malapert, malingerer,
     masquerade, meretriciousness, mislead, mock, mountebank, naive,
     nervy, no-nonsense, obtuse, open, openhearted, ostentation,
     out-herod Herod, outmaneuver, outreach, outsmart, outspoken,
     outward show, outwit, overreach, palisade, palisades, pass, pert,
     phony, pigeon, plain, plain-spoken, plainspoken, play, play a part,
     play one false, play possum, playact, playacting, ploy, plunging,
     pointless, pose, poser, poseur, posing, posture, precipice,
     precipitous, pretend, pretender, pretense, pretension, pretext,
     profess, promontory, puffery, put on, put something over,
     put to flight, quack, quacksalver, quackster, rage, rant, ranter,
     rapid, rave, raver, representation, ringer, rodomontade, roister,
     roisterer, rollick, rough, round, rounded, rude, ruse, saltimbanco,
     sassy, saucy, scar, scare away, scarp, scheme, scurvy trick,
     seeming, semblance, severe, sham, shammer, sharp, sheer, shift,
     short, show, side, simple, simplehearted, simpleminded, simulacrum,
     simulate, simulation, sincere, single-hearted, single-minded,
     slang, sleight, sleight of hand, sleight-of-hand trick, smart,
     smart-alecky, smart-ass, smoothed, snippety, snippy, snow,
     speciousness, splutter, sputter, steep, storm, straight,
     straight-out, straightforward, stratagem, string along, subterfuge,
     surly, swagger, swaggerer, swashbuckle, swashbuckler,
     swashbucklery, swasher, tactless, take in, tart, terse,
     to the point, transparent, trick, truculent, trustful, trusting,
     two-time, uncalled-for, unchecked, unconstrained, unedged,
     unequivocal, unguarded, unpointed, unreserved, unrestrained,
     unsharp, unsharpened, unsophisticated, unsuspicious, unwary, vapor,
     vaporer, varnish, vertical, wall, wile, window dressing,

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Bluff, UT -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Utah
     Population (2000):    320
     Housing Units (2000): 191
     Land area (2000):     22.096464 sq. miles (57.229577 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.554450 sq. miles (1.436019 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    22.650914 sq. miles (58.665596 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            06700
     Located within:       Utah (UT), FIPS 49
     Location:             37.283696 N, 109.552871 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Bluff, UT

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