American Idioms and Expressions

Call (someone`s) Bluff Idiom

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call (someone`s) bluff
What does call (someone`s) bluff mean?
to challenge someone to prove that what they are saying is trueI decided to call the man's bluff and I asked him to show me the evidence.

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What does "in one ear and out the other" mean?
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What does "reality of a situation" mean?
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