head game

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head game (plural head games)

  1. (informal) An attempt to psychologically manipulate or intimidate someone.
    • 2013, Sereena Nightshade, Black Market, →ISBN, page 226:
      The show boating, head games, phony fronts and near literal spider's webs tossed out as glistening and beautiful nets to capture the prize or the perceived prize always amazed me.
    • 2014, Derek J. Goodman, The Contamination of Sandra Wolfe, →ISBN:
      Sandra got the distinct impression that he was playing some kind of head game with her.
    • 2015, Michael Moorcock -, The Whispering Swarm: Book One of The Sanctuary of the White Friars, →ISBN:
      I don't do moody or wounded or stern. I can't play head games.
  2. A mental pursuit or obsession.
    • 1900, The School Journal - Volume 61, page 669:
      Another was able to bring into popularity puzzles, conundrums, and quiet " head games" or contests of memory and quick-wittedness.
    • 2014, Kay J. Mahne, Capturing Minds by Capturing Hearts, →ISBN:
      Learning is definitely a head game.
    • 2014, Robert C. Vallieres & ‎Jacquelyn M. Howard, Wounded Warriors: A Soldier's Story of Healing through Birds, →ISBN, page 28:
      Distance plays into the head game of “what if.”
  3. Skill at fellatio.
    • 2009, Dennis P. Hollinger, The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life, →ISBN, page 238:
      ...with degrading sexual lyrics such as the lyrics by rap artist Lil' Kim: “When it comes to sex don't test my skills, cause my head game will have you head over heels.
    • 2010, Wahida Clark, What's Really Hood!: A Collection of Tales from the Streets, →ISBN:
      They both knew the reason he always came back. Her head game was excellent.
    • 2012, Jackie Ricci, ‎Michael “El Jefe” Archer, Trunk-Space: The Retribution of a Psychopath, →ISBN, page 119:
      She went to work like the cock-sucking champion that she was. This Bitch had always had crazy “head game.”


head game (third-person singular simple present head games, present participle head gaming, simple past and past participle head gamed)

  1. Alternative form of head-game
    • 2007, Richard Morris, A Denial of Aesthetic Principle, →ISBN, page 29:
      All to be head gamed with official lures, which look on, through their guarded masks.