bluff


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bluff

1. a steep promontory, bank, or cliff, esp one formed by river erosion on the outside bend of a meander
2. (of a bank, cliff, etc.) presenting a steep broad face

bluff

[bləf]
(geography)
A steep, high bank.
A broad-faced cliff.
References in classic literature ?
Then Tom tumbled his ham over the bluff and let himself down after it, tearing both skin and clothes to some extent in the effort.
He was a tall man, over six feet high, and broad in proportion, and he had a bluff, rough-and-ready face, all roughened and reddened and lined in his long travels.
The bluff old Squire was kind to him, but secretly could make nothing of one who went about brooding and as though seeking for something he had lost.
Beyond the plain and across a low bluff they came upon water-- brackish, ill-smelling stuff in a shallow water hole, the sides and bottom of which were trampled by the feet of many beasts.
Seward, "Say, Jack, if that man wasn't attempting a bluff, he is about the sanest lunatic I ever saw.
My heart was in my mouth; but I felt my only chance was bluff, and walked steadily towards him.
Among the portraits was one of King George III Little Alice clapped her hands, and seemed pleased with the bluff good-nature of his physiognomy.
They had reached also a great buffalo range; Captain Bonneville ascended a high bluff, commanding an extensive view of the surrounding plains.
In all the devious tracings the course of a sailing-ship leaves upon the white paper of a chart she is always aiming for that one little spot - maybe a small island in the ocean, a single headland upon the long coast of a continent, a lighthouse on a bluff, or simply the peaked form of a mountain like an ant-heap afloat upon the waters.
answered Peony, in his bluff tone,--but a very sweet tone, too,--as he came floundering through the half-trodden drifts.
A mangy little Jackal, who had been yapping hungrily on a low bluff, cocked up his ears and tail, and scuttered across the shallows to join the Adjutant.
Pandora was even more interested in Mount Vernon--when at last its wooded bluff began to command the river--than she had been in the Capitol, and after they had disembarked and ascended to the celebrated mansion she insisted on going into every room it contained.