mind games

plural noun Often mind game.

psychological manipulation or strategy, used especially to gain advantage or to intimidate.

Origin of mind games

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British Dictionary definitions for mind game

mind games

pl n

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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