psych-out


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psych-out

 (sīk′out′)
n. Informal
The act or an instance of undermining someone's confidence by psychological means.
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Look for Mexican Rock and Roll Rumble and Psych-Out South of the Border.
Tony is slimm-ish like many darts players now, and he's not yet adopted the arrogant attitude of champions like Phil Taylor and Eric Bristow who tried to psych-out other players, hence the Crafty Cockney nickname.
But his film--or phonokineto-graph--is not the sort of '60s-inspired drug phantasmagoria you might expect (The Trip or Psych-Out, say), where an altered state of consciousness is the main event.
The Matrix: Hardware cinema blasted several parsecs into the future with this endlessly ingenious sci-fi psych-out.