head-shrinker

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Originally US, probably by reference to slang terms like “swelled head” for someone with delusions of grandeur; a psychiatrist would remove such delusions, thus figuratively shrinking the patient's swelled head.

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head-shrinker (plural head-shrinkers)

  1. (slang) A psychiatrist or psychotherapist; a shrink.
    Synonyms: headshrink, shrink, trick cyclist
  2. (literally) One who shrinks heads, as previously done by some Amazon tribes.

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