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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 …

    Hemingway's Libidinous Feast

  • 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.

    The Elvis Latte

  • 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.

    Scott Malcomson: The Intelligence Community and Obama's Future

  • 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.

    Chaplin’s Girl

  • (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.)

    Holy Writ

  • “Lonely, eh?” she mused, abrupt and bluffly kind as

    Our Mr. Wrenn

  • Then he bluffly alleged an errand in the PLAGWITZERSTRASSE, and went off in an opposite direction to that which his companion had to take.

    Maurice Guest

  • Then Minta Doyle, whose instinct was fine, said bluffly, absurdly, that she did not believe that any one really enjoyed reading Shakespeare.

    To the Lighthouse

  • "Good Christ, man, " Baird said bluffly, embarrassed by the tears that dropped onto the table.

    Sharpe's Prey


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