American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal The act or an instance of undermining someone's confidence by psychological means.
“New Years was last night, and more than a few drinks were had by all – our psych-out, early river-side fake-out countdowns are probably famous to anyone out on the water last night for a cruise.”
“It predisposes them to psych-out what others might want from them and then make it happen.”
“Aronofsky is remarkably skilled at ratcheting up the psych-out qualities of story ever since he made Requiem for a Dream -- his horrific film of middle-class drug addiction based on the late Hubert Selby's book of the same name.”
“Was there a psych-out factor with the other contestants?”
“But I also climbed -- well, I kind of built myself a rainbow, because I decided I was being wimpy, and I think that was about a 5.7, and I also did two 5. 8s on the slab and a tricky psych-out of a 5.8 in the dihedral under and over the barrel vault, which I had also done before.”
“Noonan, aside from being the greatest 1-word psych-out in the history of athletic competition (Nnnnnoonan!), served the critical role of the glue, the thread, the soul that somehow held this manic comic masterpiece together.”
“On the golf course, he's a hyper-competitive psych-out artist.”
“It was the psych-out factor, like Mike Tyson—the other guy was beat before he even got into the ring.”
“MK does a nice little psych-out: "I think her hair looks gorgeous." [pause] "But that's the only thing I think is gorgeous.”
“Yes, it parodied the sports film by using a convoluted made-up game called "BASEketball" where you play basketball with baseball rules and are allowed to "psych-out" the "batter" (or is it the shooter?), but the real target was professional sports in general and that's a parody that was long overdue.”
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