mind game


Definition of mind game

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

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The cynical romanticism of noir and the cosmic mind games of speculative sci-fi are a tricky and not always successful blend. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘Altered Carbon,’ Netflix’s ‘Blade Runner’ Replicant," 1 Feb. 2018 Shin made the extraordinary comment ahead of the Koreans’ clash with Sweden in their first game in Group F on Monday night and will also face Germany and Mexico next week, with their opener having been overshadowed by mind games between the teams. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "South Korea mixed up jersey numbers because Westerners can't 'distinguish between Asians'," 18 June 2018 As each England kicker approached the spot, Pickford would go out to greet them, handing them the ball personally, a useful tool in preventing any mind games from the wily veteran Ospina. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup penalty shootouts have nothing to do with luck," 5 July 2018 These kinds of questions add an extra layer of mind games on top of the base layer of psych-out positioning and reflexes already inherent in the basic Mario Tennis package. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario Tennis Aces review: Turning tennis into a fighting game," 22 June 2018 Many of its tools of subversion date to the early days of the Absurdists and the mind games of Pirandello and Ionesco, while others — more technologically sophisticated — are staples of the contemporary European avant-garde. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Theater as Sabotage in the Dazzling ‘Fairview’," 17 June 2018 Your options are: the magicians, who are masters of illusion; the mentalists, who spin a web of gripping mind games; or the scientists, who are creating cutting-edge technology. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Which Stephen King Novels Are You Most Likely to Like? A New App Will Tell You," 12 June 2018 Soccer's weird tiebreaker is a mix of skill, luck, mind games, and heartbreak. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "The Physics and Mind Games of a World Cup Penalty Kick," 6 June 2018 Here are five memorable places to play mind games with your kids, no matter the occasion: Looking for something a bit more accessible? Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "Geek out with your grad at these high-minded museums and events," 30 May 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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