He was bluff, inspirational to the men, a brilliant tactician.
While not a critique of the current U.S.-led NATO effort, his quiet book calls the American bluff in other ways.
Rigg pointed out a blockhouse on the bluff overlooking the beach, saying they could expect menacing fire from that area.
Don't be fooled, she will hope that you will see through her bluff and love her enough to make some sort of effort to celebrate.
It is not easy work, but it calls the bluff of those who would say “we have to take scripture seriously.”
And it was supposed he killed you and pushed you over the bluff and then ran away.
In short, though you can intimidate him, you cannot bluff him.
"bluff King Hal," although a well-loved monarch, was none too good a one in many ways.
I saw it all from the bluff, and I know the horse turned over upon you.
Then he told us that practically speaking, we had scarcely the ghost of a chance, but that a bluff might succeed.
1839, American English, poker term, perhaps from Dutch bluffen "to brag, boast," or verbluffen "to baffle, mislead." An identical word meant "blindfold, hoodwink" in 1670s, but the sense evolution and connection are unclear; OED calls it "one of the numerous cant terms ... which arose between the Restoration and the reign of Queen Anne." Extended or figurative sense by 1854. Related: Bluffed; bluffing.
"broad, vertical cliff," 1680s, from bluff (adj.) "with a broad, flat front" (1620s), a sailors' word, probably from Dutch blaf "flat, broad." Apparently a North Sea nautical term for ships with flat vertical bows, later extended to landscape features.
1844 as an alternative name for poker; from bluff (v.). As "an act of bluffing" by 1864.
: His courage was all bluff •A noun sense fr 1849 is ''an excuse'' (1870s+)
To use confident pretense as a means of winning or succeeding •The 1674 definition is ''to blindfold or hoodwink''; the game of poker was originally known as bluff (1670s+)
[perhaps related to, though not derived fr, a late 1700s bluff, ''a blindfold or blinker for a horse'']