mind game

noun

Definition of mind game

: a psychological tactic used to manipulate or intimidate usually used in plural played mind games with his opponent

Examples of mind game in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a vault specialist, Chusovitina has been playing the mind game of running fearlessly at high, immovable objects in front of large crowds for three decades. Rachael Scott, CNN, 11 July 2020 Swimming, perhaps the most commonplace and relaxing way of putting yourself in total peril, is a real mind game. Mary Pols, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2020 The company says that using mind games before workouts — and meditation afterward — can make athletes more effective, without altering their training. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 What rankled Jimmy was the notion that someone else was playing mind games for a change, and with him, the master psychologist. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 31 Jan. 2020 Mourinho’s mind games are usually effective because they are calculated, and often turn the focus on him, relieving the team of pressure. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Jan. 2020 There are a lot of mind games that savvy businesses play with consumers. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2019 Known for his mind games, Ferguson was referring to how the pressure was cranking up, causing everyone to struggle to sit still. SI.com, 31 July 2019 Oh, the mind games coaches play; Northwestern hasn’t won a conference game since last year. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of mind game

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Mind game.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mind%20game. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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