mind game

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mind game (plural mind games)

  1. (games, psychology) An attempt at psychological manipulation against someone, in order to confuse them.
    • 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, “Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Denmark coach Morten Olsen's pre-match warning that the Netherlands were simply better than his side could easily have been dismissed as mind games.


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