mind games


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mind games

pl n
(Psychology) actions or statements intended to undermine or mislead someone else, often to gain advantage for oneself: she started playing mind games with me.

mind′ games`


n.pl.
psychological manipulation or strategy.

Also, mind′ game`.

[1970–75]
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Benitez has sparred on and off the pitch for years with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, but refuses to play mind games any more because he says their current teams are not on the same level.
Not an opponent who tried to employ mind games during a stare down.
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None," he said, denying mind games were being played.
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Mind Games, Lennon's 1973 solo album, is signed by the Liverpool legend, shot dead in New York in 1980.
BILLY Vunipola enjoys Warren Gatland's mind games and insists they will not distract England from the task of putting one foot in the World Cup quarter-finals.