English noun: mind game
|1.||mind game (act) any game designed to exercise the intellect|
|2.||mind game (act) deliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse (usually for competitive advantage)|
|Samples||Football 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|