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English noun: mind game

1. mind game (act) any game designed to exercise the intellect

Broader (hypernym)game

2. mind game (act) deliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse (usually for competitive advantage)

SamplesFootball players try to play mind games with the opposition.
The jeweler's mind game is to convince lovers that the size of a gemstone reflects the depth of their feelings.

Broader (hypernym)manipulation, use

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