blind|man's buff

blind|man's buff «BLYND MANZ BUHF»,
1. a game in which a blindfolded person tries to catch one of several other players and tell who he is.
2. Figurative: »

Government by blindman's-buff (Thomas Carlyle).

[buff < buffet]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • blind man's buff — blind man’s buff UK US noun [uncountable] a children’s game in which one player has their eyes covered with a blindfold and tries to catch the others Thesaurus: children s gameshyponym to perform an action in a card gamehyponym Variant: blind man …   Useful english dictionary

  • blind man's buff — (US also blind man s bluff) ► NOUN ▪ a game in which a blindfold player tries to catch others while being pushed about by them. ORIGIN from buff «a blow», from Old French …   English terms dictionary

  • blind man's buff — or ,blind man s bluff noun uncount a children s game in which one player has their eyes covered with a BLINDFOLD and tries to catch the others …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blind man's buff — UK / US or blind man s bluff UK / US noun [uncountable] a children s game in which one player has their eyes covered with a blindfold and tries to catch the others …   English dictionary

  • blind man's buff — n [U] a children s game in which one player whose eyes are covered tries to catch the others …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Blind man's buff — Blindman s buff Blind man s buff , Blind man s buff Blind man s buff [See {Buff} a buffet.] A game in which one person is blindfolded, and tries to catch some one of the other players, and tell who it is. [1913 Webster] Surely he fancies I play… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blind man's buff — (US also blind man s bluff) noun a game in which a blindfold player tries to catch others while being pushed about by them. Origin C17: from buff a blow , from OFr. bufe (see buffet2) …   English new terms dictionary

  • blind man's buff — noun a game in which a blindfolded player tries to catch and identify the others. Also, blind man s bluff. {from buff2, with reference to the blows administered by the participants or the central player; reinterpreted as a bluff2 or a trick} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Blind Man's Buff —    One of the oldest and most consistently popular of traditional games, played in the past by adults (especially at *Christmas family gatherings) as well as children. In basic form, one player is blindfolded, turned around a few times to… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • blind man’s buff — (AmE alsoblindman’s bluff) n [U] a children’s game, played at parties, in which a player whose eyes have been covered tries to catch and identify the other players. ➡ note at toys and games. * * * …   Universalium

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