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- adv. In a bluff manner
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a bluff manner; bluntly; in an unconventional or offhand way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a blunt direct manner
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And this in the second paragraph of the first page of the chapter about his friend — the one he is later on bluffly cheering up about his sand-castle masculinity …
Sure, she says bluffly, “You can make love with your partner and not pay any attention to them whatsoever.”
He disliked Melbourne Smith intensely but hid it well under a bluffly hearty manner.
I felt a real identification with that maybe-rabbit, and a confused non-identification with Herman Kahn and his bluffly presented concentric circles of blast zones.
Elias, having settled into unregistered domesticity with a more stable consort than his incarcerated wife, offered scant opposition when Bob Pender, a bluffly respectable man, invited Archie to join his newest venture: the Pender Troupe was taking its act to America.
(He candidly says, "I don't need to read the scholars," and bluffly claims to rely on direct experience rather than the study of history or religion.)
“Lonely, eh?” she mused, abrupt and bluffly kind as
Then he bluffly alleged an errand in the PLAGWITZERSTRASSE, and went off in an opposite direction to that which his companion had to take.
Then Minta Doyle, whose instinct was fine, said bluffly, absurdly, that she did not believe that any one really enjoyed reading Shakespeare.
"Good Christ, man, " Baird said bluffly, embarrassed by the tears that dropped onto the table.
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