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you can't bluff a bluffer

It is very difficult to fool someone who is experienced in the ways of fooling other people. I know Bill thinks he can keep up with these star poker players, but you can't bluff a bluffer—they'll see through him for sure!
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bluff one's way out (of something)

to get out of a difficult situation by deception or cunning. I will try to bluff my way out of this mess.
See also: bluff, out, way

bluff someone into something

to mislead or deceive someone into doing something. Are you trying to bluff me into giving up without a fight? I won't be bluffed into revealing the whereabouts of the safe.
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bluff someone out (of something)

to get something away from someone through deception. We bluffed her out of her share of the pie. I bluffed Liz out of her rightful turn to drive.
See also: bluff, out

call someone's bluff

to demand that someone prove a claim or is not being deceptive. All right, I'll call your bluff. Show me you can do it! Tom said, "You've made me really angry, and I'll punch you if you come any closer!" "Go ahead," said Bill, calling his bluff.
See also: bluff, call

call your bluff

to make someone do what they said they will do He said he would help, and now his opponents have called his bluff and asked him to provide the funds.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of calling a bluff in a card game (forcing someone to show the cards they hold)
See also: bluff, call

bluff your way

to deceive others to get what you want Some teens used false IDs to bluff their way into casinos.
Usage notes: usually followed by a phrase starting with through, out of, or into, as in the example
See also: bluff, way

call somebody's bluff

to make someone prove that what they are saying is true, or to make someone prove that they will really do what they say they will do, because you do not believe them
Usage notes: If you are playing a card game and you call someone's bluff, you force them to show you the cards they have.
Alice called his bluff and dared him to tell everyone what he knew about her.
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call someone's bluff

Expose someone's deception, invite a showdown, as in I don't believe they have enough capital; I'm going to call their bluff. This term comes from poker, where bluffing (pretending) that one has better cards than one's opponents is an intrinsic part of the game, and calling someone's bluff means forcing them to show their cards. By the late 1800s it was being applied to other enterprises. Also see show one's hand.
See also: bluff, call

bluff (one's) way

To deceive someone or accomplish something by making a false display.
See also: bluff, way

call (someone's) bluff

To demand proof for or respond in a challenging way to the claims or threats of another that one presumes to be false.
See also: bluff, call
References in periodicals archive ?
With plenty of practice you gain a better understanding about bluffing and it will become a natural part of your game.
If they've made a large bet, chances are they're bluffing.
With players who fidget a lot, bob legs, fiddle with hands, or shake continuously, all shaking will often cease when they're bluffing.
As with all bluffing there is an element of risk as someone may be slow playing a monster hand, but by and large these tips should help you to become a more profitable player.
Instead, the pattern suggested that they were little guys that were bluffing.
You should also avoid bluffing into many opponents.
Hopefully these tips should help you with your bluffing and the semi-bluff can become part of your game if it isn't already.
You would think that bluffing is something that you do to take advantage of an opponent," she says.