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BLUFF (a word of uncertain origin; po...

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 92 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BLUFF (a word of uncertain origin; possibly connected with an obsolete Dutch word, blaf, broad), an adjective used of a ship, meaning broad and nearly vertical in the bows; similarly, of a cliff or shore, presenting a bold and nearly perpendicular front; of a person, good-natured and frank, with a rough or abrupt manner. Another word "bluff," perhaps connected with German verbliiffen, to baffle, meant originally a horse's blinker, the corresponding verb meaning to blindfold: it survives as a term in such games as poker, where " to bluff " means to bet heavily on a hand so as to make an opponent believe it to be stronger than it is; hence such phrases as " the game of bluff," " a policy of bluff."
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