psych up

psych

1 [sahyk]
verb (used with object) Informal.
1.
to intimidate or frighten psychologically, or make nervous (often followed by out ): to psych out the competition.
2.
to prepare psychologically to be in the right frame of mind or to give one's best (often followed by up ): to psych oneself up for an interview.
3.
to figure out psychologically; decipher (often followed by out ): to psych out a problem.
Also, psyche.


Origin:
1915–20 in earlier sense “to subject to psychoanalysis”; originally a shortening of psychoanalyze; in later use (especially in defs. 1 and 2) perhaps independent use of psych-

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psych or psyche (saɪk)
 
vb
informal (tr) psych out See also psych up to psychoanalyse
 
[C20: shortened from psychoanalyse]
 
psyche or psyche
 
vb
 
[C20: shortened from psychoanalyse]

psych up
 
vb
informal (tr, adverb) to get (oneself or another) into a state of psychological readiness for an action, performance, etc

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psych
short for psychology in various senses; as an academic study, in student slang by 1895. The verb is generally negative when used transitively, positive when intransitive; first attested (also psych out) 1934 as "to outsmart," from 1963 as "to unnerve." However to psych (oneself) up is from 1972; to be
psyched up is attested from 1968.
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psych- pref.
Variant of psycho-.

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psych (so) up definition


  1. tv.
    to get someone excited or mentally prepared for something. (See also psyched (up).) : I psyched myself up to sing in front of all those people.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
psych
psychoanalyze
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psych up

Excite emotionally, as in The chorus was really psyched up for performing in Symphony Hall. [Slang; c. 1970]

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