call someone's bluff

to ask someone to do what they are threatening to do because you believe they do not intend to do it, but want to trick you in order to gain an advantage over you

He threatened to resign, and they called his bluff.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • call someone's bluff — To expose or challenge someone s show of strength, confidence, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑bluff * * * call someone’s bluff phrase to ask someone to do what they are threatening to do because you believe they do not intend to do it, but want to trick… …   Useful english dictionary

  • call someone's bluff — call (someone 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. Alice called his bluff and dared him to tell everyone… …   New idioms dictionary

  • call someone's bluff — ► call someone s bluff challenge someone to carry out a stated intention, in the expectation of being able to expose it as a pretence. Main Entry: ↑bluff …   English terms dictionary

  • call someone's bluff —    If you call someone s bluff, you challenge them to do what they threaten to do (while believing that they will not dare to do it).     After the neighbour s threats to demolish the fence, when Jack decided to call his bluff, there were no more …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • call someone's bluff — idi call someone s bluff, to challenge someone to carry out a threat …   From formal English to slang

  • call someone's bluff — 1》 challenge someone to carry out a stated intention, in the expectation of being able to expose it as a pretence. 2》 (in poker or brag) make an opponent show their hand in order to reveal that its value is weaker than their heavy betting… …   English new terms dictionary

  • call someone's bluff — verb To take action on the basis that another person is bluffing …   Wiktionary

  • call one's bluff — challenge someone to prove what they say is true I decided to call his bluff and asked him to show me the evidence …   Idioms and examples

  • call one's bluff — {v. phr.}, {informal} To ask someone to prove what he says he can or will do. (Originally from the card game of poker.) * /Tom said he could jump twenty feet and so Dick called his bluff and said Let s see you do it! / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • call\ one's\ bluff — v. phr. informal To ask someone to prove what he says he can or will do. (Originally from the card game of poker.) Tom said he could jump twenty feet and so Dick called his bluff and said Let s see you do it! …   Словарь американских идиом

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