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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 ?
They have received the name of Scott's Bluffs, from a melancholy circumstance.
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.
The rude shock of awakening to what doubtless might prove some new form of danger was still upon me when I heard a rattling of loose stones from the direction of the bluff, and turning my eyes in that direction I beheld the author of the disturbance, a great copper-colored man, running rapidly toward me.
By taking advan-tage of the bluff itself, I could approach within a few feet of the aperture without being visible from any other cave.
From the edge of the forest I saw the caves in the bluff, the open space, and the run-ways to the drinking-places.
Howsoever"--he anticipated by a bluff of his own the show of wrath from the Jew that he knew would be wind and bluff--"howsoever, here's my papers .
I was busy getting exercise and learning how to fight, busy learning forwardness, and brass and bluff.
He would much rather have lived a simple family life, but bluff King Hal was no easy master to serve.
That'll put us all 'way under what we ought to have, but we can bluff it through.
Twenty minutes before time for him to come home from work she straightens up the house, fixes her rat so it won't show, and gets out a lot of sewing for a ten-minute bluff.
Thornton's bluff, if bluff it was, had been called.
Ever north, through a fat and flourishing rejuvenated land, stopping at the towns of Willows, Red Bluff and Redding, crossing the counties of Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, and Shasta, went the spruce wagon drawn by the dappled chestnuts with cream-colored manes and tails.