Meaning of mind game in English:

mind game

Pronunciation /ˈmʌɪn(d)ɡeɪm/

Translate mind game into Spanish


  • A course of psychologically manipulative behaviour intended to discomfit another person or gain an advantage over them.

    ‘I have been playing mind games to get him to invite us’
    • ‘I think it's a psychological mind game he's still going for the drivers' title.’
    • ‘Tonight's State of Origin match between Queensland and New South Wales, for instance, is actually the culmination of a sophisticated mind game that's been going on for three weeks.’
    • ‘This is not a name-naming game - but is it a mind game?’
    • ‘Swingley had seen Rick Swenson, a five-time Iditarod winner, pull psych jobs on others, so he decided to try a little mind game of his own.’
    • ‘His latest attempt to psyche out Harrison has seen the 32-year-old veteran of 75 fights take an opposite tack from his previous mind game.’
    • ‘According to the soldiers themselves, cross-dressing is a military mind game, a tactic that instills fear in their rivals.’
    • ‘Whatever it takes to convince workers to do whatever it takes to get the company's job done really is a mind game.’
    • ‘It's just a pathetic mind game played by town planners who get their kicks by persecuting motorists.’
    • ‘Stettner plays up the sexual tension between the two women and maps out an impressive mind game here.’
    • ‘Whether Brooks' comments were part of a mind game, trying to get Canada to change its game because he knew his defensemen wouldn't escape under a sustained attack by the big Canadian forwards, remains a mystery.’
    • ‘Championship snooker is the ultimate mind game in which the constant challenge, in Davis' classic phrase, is ‘to play as if it means nothing when it means everything’.’
    • ‘See, the Americans are insisting that the Australians will be tough, but the Aussies think it's all a mind game meant to put the pressure on them.’
    • ‘For Rhoda, a ‘game’ is specifically a mind game, connected to lying, performing, and power.’
    • ‘At Albrecht Oval a real psychological mind game was played.’
    • ‘It also tries to shy away from the gruesomeness of multiple murders and the bug-eyed maniac behind them to focus on a kind of psychological mind game where cat and mouse may be interchangeable.’
    • ‘This kind of mind game ensures the girls are kept enslaved.’
    • ‘I still think you're all playing some kind of mind game with us.’
    • ‘Are you trying to tell me something I already know, or is this some kind of hypnotic mind game manufactured and conceived by desk bound salesmen to promote their latest products?’
    • ‘He might simply be a loner, on the lam, already involved - or married - or playing some mind game.’
    • ‘She shouldn't be giving me any kind of compassion like this, maybe she is trying to play some kind of sick mind game.’