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    #1

    when they will deal if their bluff is called

    I don't understand this whole passage, especially the phrase in bold:

    Just because it may look nonnegotiable, doesn't mean it is. Take that beautifully printed ístandard contractí you've just been handed. Many a smart negotiator has been able to name a term and get away with it by making it appear to be chiseled in granite, when they will deal if their bluff is called.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: when they will deal if their bluff is called

    Source and author?

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    #3

    Re: when they will deal if their bluff is called

    It means that if you don't accept the first offer, the person will negotiate.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: when they will deal if their bluff is called

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    I don't understand this whole passage, especially the phrase in bold:

    Just because it may look nonnegotiable, doesn't mean it is. Take that beautifully printed ístandard contractí you've just been handed. Many a smart negotiator has been able to name a term and get away with it by making it appear to be chiseled in granite, when they will deal if their bluff is called.
    Deal = negotiate, bargain, haggle, do business.

    To call a bluff
    is a term used in the card game poker. To bluff is to pretend you have a good hand (handful of cards) when you don't, hoping others will quit.

    To call a bluff is to say: "I don't believe you. I think you're bluffing."

    In your sentence, the writer is saying that sometimes people just pretend that their standard contracts cannot be changed - but if you challenge them (call their bluff), you might find out that they are willing to negotiate, to bargain.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: when they will deal if their bluff is called

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
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    I am not sure about the author, but the sources are these:

    https://books.google.ru/books?id=gYn...ite%2C&f=false

    http://www.harveymackay.com/columns/...in-a-nutshell/


    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-rul...eNoSplash=true
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #6

    Re: when they will deal if their bluff is called

    I'm sticking with what I said.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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