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psych-out

[ sahyk-out ]
/ ˈsaɪkˌaʊt /
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noun Informal.
an act or instance of psyching out.
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Origin of psych-out

First recorded in 1960–65; noun use of verb phrase psych out
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British Dictionary definitions for psych-out

psych out

verb (mainly tr, adverb) informal
to guess correctly the intentions of (another); outguess
to analyse or solve (a problem, etc) psychologically
to intimidate or frighten
(intr, adverb) to lose control psychologically; break down
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Other Idioms and Phrases with psych-out

psych out

1

Analyze or understand something; also, anticipate the intentions of someone, as in It's hard to psych out the opposition's thinking, but we have to try.

2

Undermine the confidence of, intimidate. For example, The basketball team managed to psych out their opponents' guards. This expression is often used in the passive and can mean “lose one's nerve,” as in After I learned that he had two doctorates in the field, I was completely psyched out. Both slangy usages date from the second half of the 1900s and allude to influencing someone psychologically.

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