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headshrinker

[hed-shring-ker]
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noun Slang.
  1. shrink(def 9).
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Origin of headshrinker

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; head + shrink + -er1
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Related Words for headshrinker

therapist, psychotherapist, analyst, shrink, headshrinker

Examples from the Web for headshrinker

Historical Examples of headshrinker

  • If he could get to a doctor, a headshrinker, it might all be ironed out.

    The Sex Life of the Gods

    Michael Knerr

  • You're a headshrinker, Jack—why do so many minds cling to unreason with such a sullen fury?

  • Then, he'd meekly surrender and quietly go crazy in his cell, until the headshrinker came and confirmed it for real.

    Next Door, Next World

    Robert Donald Locke

  • Seems the brass are holding you for observation until some headshrinker gets in from HQ.

    Next Door, Next World

    Robert Donald Locke


British Dictionary definitions for headshrinker

headshrinker

noun
  1. slang a psychoanalystOften shortened to: shrink
  2. a head-hunter who shrinks the heads of his victims
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