Definition of blindman's bluff in US English:

blindman's bluff

(also blindman's buff)


  • A children's game in which a blindfolded player tries to catch others.

    • ‘The common on the Worcester Road will be given over to medieval games throughout the day, with traditional ‘sports’ such as blind man's buff, sack races and three-legged races.’
    • ‘Then to round off what has been a good night there was blind man's buff and the kitchen floor cleared of the furniture.’
    • ‘He had already broken up with his other girlfriend, and he asked me out while we were playing blind man's bluff.’
    • ‘That notion has hung round doggedly this season, with the former manager accused of taking a blind man's buff approach to selecting his personnel.’
    • ‘I was going to have to play blind man's bluff all day now.’
    • ‘Pin the tail on the donkey and blind man's buff was as exciting as it got.’
    • ‘At the Christmas party given by this man's nephew, they played blind man's buff, then forfeits.’
    • ‘The US, for the most part, is engaged in a brutal game of blind man's bluff.’
    • ‘Families spread out elaborate picnics and play blind man's buff; everywhere there are people arguing, gesticulating and shouting over each other.’
    • ‘I know you are opposed to violence, but the fool had the audacity to let his two youngest stroll over to our house and ask for Janet to join them in a game of blind man's bluff.’
    • ‘Organized games include various versions of tag, blind man's bluff, and hide-and-seek.’
    • ‘The original libretto is lost, although it is known that the ballet featured Cupid, a game of blind man's buff, and a trio of shepherdesses, one of whom is disguised as a man.’
    • ‘Since it's invisible, we'll just have to play blind man's bluff with this thing.’


Early 17th century: from buff ‘a blow’, from Old French bufe (see buffet).


blindman's bluff

/ˌblīndˌmanz ˈbləf/