Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

call (somebody's) bluff

call somebody's bluff
Meaning(s)
1) challenge someone to do what they are threatening to do or prove that what they're saying is true
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    • I knew he/she was lying so I called his/her bluff
  • Analysis
     only used when you do not believe the person in question
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I called a bluff on the idea that we could downsize our workforce without negatively impacting our plans for expansion. It just didn't sound feasible.
    2. Mike tried to get a raise by claiming another company had offered him a better paid position. I knew he was lying so I called his bluff and wished him luck in his new job.
    3. I threatened to resign if the company didn't implement the changes I put forward. Unfortunately, they had no hesitation calling my bluff so my plan backfired badly!
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