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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: Partly from psychoanalyze and partly from psych-


1 verb

psych somebody ↔ out

phrasal verb
informal to do or say things that will make your opponent in a game or competition feel nervous or confused, so that it is easier for you to win

psych somebody up

phrasal verb
if you psych yourself up or if someone psychs you up, you get mentally prepared before doing something so that you feel confident
psych yourself up (for something)
We both knew we had to psych ourselves up for the race.

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