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mind games

plural noun
1.
Often, mind game. psychological manipulation or strategy, used especially to gain advantage or to intimidate.
Origin
1970-75
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Examples from the web for mind games
  • So stop playing mind games with yourself and examine the evidence.
  • They will wax rhapsodic about the mind games-within-a-game hitters and pitchers play.
  • Leave it to a good author to play clever mind games with their audience.
  • Too many folks out there play those nonsensical mind games and think it's okay to hide things from one another.
  • Dogs do not play mind games what you see is what you get.
  • The mind games that telegraph any military strike are simmering along and on the verge of a full boil.
  • Bodies and elbows will fly and mind games will be played.
  • In this case, the modern priest has studied psychology, and the old one plays mind games.
British Dictionary definitions for mind games

mind games

plural noun
1.
actions or statements intended to undermine or mislead someone else, often to gain advantage for oneself: she started playing mind games with me
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