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mind games

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plural noun Often mind game.
  1. psychological manipulation or strategy, used especially to gain advantage or to intimidate.
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Origin of mind games

1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for mind games

mind games

pl n
  1. actions or statements intended to undermine or mislead someone else, often to gain advantage for oneselfshe started playing mind games with me
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