Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BLUFF, n. Sc. uses of Eng. bluff.

1. “A credulous person” (Bnff.7 1912; Abd.22 1935). Ayr. 1790  A. Tait Poems and Songs 102:
Our great big gentry's bluffs o' sons.

2. Phr.: to get the bluff, “to be taken in, to be cheated” (Bch. 1825 Jam.2). Bch. 1804  W. Tarras Poems 92:
An' gin ye get wi' them the bluff, Sure dinna trust them mair.

[Not in O.Sc.]

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