call your bluff


call your bluff
call your bluff
◇ If you have made a bluff or a threat and people call your bluff, they tell you to do the thing you have threatened to do because they do not believe that you will really do it.

When she threatened to quit her job, her boss called her bluff and told her she could leave if she wanted to.

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Main Entry:bluff
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call your bluff — see bluff, 2
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Main Entry:call

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • call your bluff — 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 (=… …   New idioms dictionary

  • call bluff — 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 (=… …   New idioms dictionary

  • call — 1 verb HAVE/USE A NAME 1 (T) be called sth to have a particular name or title: They have a three year old son called Matthew. | What was that book called? 2 (T) to use a particular name or title when you speak to someone: My name s Alan, but you… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • call — call1 W1S1 [ko:l US ko:l] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(telephone)¦ 2¦(describe)¦ 3¦(have a name)¦ 4¦(give somebody/something a name)¦ 5¦(ask/order by speaking)¦ 6¦(arrange)¦ 7¦(say/shout)¦ 8 call yourself something 9 call the shots/tune …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • call — call1 [ kɔl ] verb *** ▸ 1 ask/tell someone to come ▸ 2 shout to someone ▸ 3 telephone someone ▸ 4 describe someone/something ▸ 5 use a name for someone/something ▸ 6 say/announce something loudly ▸ 7 organize something ▸ 8 of animals ▸ 9 say… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • call */*/*/ — I UK [kɔːl] / US [kɔl] verb Word forms call : present tense I/you/we/they call he/she/it calls present participle calling past tense called past participle called 1) a) [transitive] to use a particular name or title for someone call someone… …   English dictionary

  • call*/*/*/ — [kɔːl] verb I 1) [T] to use a particular name or title for someone or something They called the area the Gold Coast.[/ex] The book was called The Journey.[/ex] Her name s Elizabeth, but we call her Liz.[/ex] 2) [T] to describe or refer to someone …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • call — [kôl] vt. [ME callen < Late OE ceallian & or < ON kalla < IE base * gal , to scream, shriek > Brythonic galw, call, Ger klage & (?) MIr gall, swan] 1. to say or read in a loud tone; shout; announce [to call the names of stations] 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Bluff (poker) — In the card game of poker, to bluff is to bet or raise with an inferior hand. This is useful because it can cause other players to believe the bluffing player has a dominant hand, so that they all fold; the bluffing player then wins the pot. By… …   Wikipedia

  • call — [[t]kɔ͟ːl[/t]] ♦ calls, calling, called 1) VERB If you call someone or something by a particular name or title, you give them that name or title. [V n n] I always wanted to call the dog Mufty for some reason... [V n n] Doctor... Will you please… …   English dictionary