someone's mind is playing tricks on him/her

Definition of someone's mind is playing tricks on him/her

used to say that someone is not thinking clearly
  • He was so tired his mind was playing tricks on him.

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

mind play
  1. : recollection, memory

  2. : the element or complex (see 1complex 1) of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons

  3. : the conscious mental events and capabilities in an organism

  1. : remind

  2. : remember

  3. : to attend to closely

play play playing
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

trick play tricks
  1. : a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraud

  2. : a mischievous act : prank

  3. : a deceptive, dexterous, or ingenious feat

  1. : to deceive by cunning or artifice : cheat

  2. : to dress or adorn fancifully or ornately : ornament

  1. : of or relating to or involving tricks or trickery

  2. : skilled in or used for tricks

  3. : somewhat defective and unreliable

him play
  1. : objective case of he

her play
  1. : of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case of she


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