psych-out
noun Date: 1971 an act or an instance of psyching someone out

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • psych out — ˌpsych ˈout [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they psych out he/she/it psychs out present participle psyching out past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • psych out — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {informal} 1. To find out the real motives of (someone). * /Sue sure has got Joe psyched out./ 2. To go berserk; to lose one s nerve. * /Joe says he doesn t ride his motorcycle on the highway anymore because he s psyched out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • psych out — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {informal} 1. To find out the real motives of (someone). * /Sue sure has got Joe psyched out./ 2. To go berserk; to lose one s nerve. * /Joe says he doesn t ride his motorcycle on the highway anymore because he s psyched out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • psych out — (someone) to make someone believe that they will fail. Our strategy is to psych out the other team before the game begins. She failed the test after psyching herself out, thinking how important it was for her future …   New idioms dictionary

  • psych-out — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: from psych out, verb, from psych (herein) : an act or an instance of psyching out in a psych out you always make a show of confidence, while you work to undermine the confidence of your competition Don Schollander …   Useful english dictionary

  • Psych-Out — Infobox Film | name = Psych Out caption = director = Richard Rush producer = Dick Clark Norman T. Herman writer = Betty Tusher E. Hunter Willett Betty Ulius starring = Susan Strasberg Dean Stockwell Jack Nicholson Bruce Dern music = Ronald Stein… …   Wikipedia

  • psych out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms psych out : present tense I/you/we/they psych out he/she/it psychs out present participle psyching out past tense psyched out past participle psyched out informal to talk or behave very confidently in order to …   English dictionary

  • psych out — PHRASAL VERB If you psych out your opponent in a contest, you try to make them feel less confident by behaving in a very confident or aggressive way. [INFORMAL] [V n P] They are like heavyweight boxers, trying to psych each other out and build… …   English dictionary

  • psych out — in. to have a nervous or emotional trauma; to go mad for a brief time. (See also freak (out).) □ Another day like this one and I’ll psych out for sure. □ He looked at the bill and psyched out …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • psych-out — /suyk owt /, n. Informal. an act or instance of psyching out. [1960 65; n. use of v. phrase psych out] * * * …   Universalium

  • psych out — find out the real motives of (someone) I tried to psych out the salesman to see what he really wanted to sell the car for …   Idioms and examples

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