psych out

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recorded since 1934; from psych (short for psychology) + out

Verb[edit]

to psych out (third-person singular simple present psychs out, present participle psyching out, simple past and past participle psyched out)

  1. (transitive, original sense) To outsmart.
  2. (transitive) To unnerve.

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