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psych

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[sahyk]
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verb (used with object) Informal.
  1. to intimidate or frighten psychologically, or make nervous (often followed by out): to psych out the competition.
  2. to prepare psychologically to be in the right frame of mind or to give one's best (often followed by up): to psych oneself up for an interview.
  3. to figure out psychologically; decipher (often followed by out): to psych out a problem.
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Origin of psych

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1915–20 in earlier sense “to subject to psychoanalysis”; originally a shortening of psychoanalyze; in later use (especially indefs 1, 2) perhaps independent use of psych-
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Related Words for psych up

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British Dictionary definitions for psych up

psych up

verb
  1. (tr, adverb) informal to get (oneself or another) into a state of psychological readiness for an action, performance, etc
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psych

psyche

verb
  1. (tr) informal to psychoanalyseSee also psych out, psych up
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Word Origin for psych

C20: shortened from psychoanalyse
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Word Origin and History for psych up

psych

as a noun, short for psychology in various senses (e.g. as an academic study, in student slang by 1895). As a verb, first attested 1917 as "to subject to psychoanalysis," short for psychoanalyze. From 1934 as "to outsmart" (also psych out); from 1963 as "to unnerve." However to psych (oneself) up is from 1972; to be psyched up is attested from 1968.

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Idioms and Phrases with psych up

psych up

Excite emotionally, as in The chorus was really psyched up for performing in Symphony Hall. [Slang; c. 1970]

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