to psych up

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - psych up

"to psych up"

to mentally prepare for something difficult


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - psych up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Your big presentation is tomorrow. Are you ready?

Colleague 2:  The presentation has been ready for days now.  I've gone over it a hundred times.  It's perfect.  I just don't know if I am mentally prepared.  This presentation could change my career completely.

Colleague 1:  I suppose that you will go home tonight and get psyched up, then.

Colleague 2:  I agree that I need to psych up but I'm not sure how to mentally prepare for this.

Colleague 1:  Maybe try meditation?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - psych up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You've been training hard for a year.  Are you ready for tomorrow's bowling championship?

Friend 2: I've been practicing calming my mind and using visualization techniques to psych up.

Friend 1:  Great. You're physically prepared and mentally prepared. You'll do great.

Friend 2:  Thanks.

to psych up - Usage:


to psych up - Gerund Form:

Psyching up before a big presentation is essential to be prepared.

to psych up - Examples:

1)  I was pretty psyched up to do it, despite a pretty exhausting weekend of no sleep and vote ...

2)  It makes sense to be psyched up physically when getting ready to play a tough sport or run away from a ...

3)  ... go to make a 'sales' call? Do you have to get 'psyched up' to talk to a prospect about the life-changing work that you do?

4)  ... why not suggest playing school as a way to get your kids psyched up for the real thing?

5)  Do you have any unusual pre-show rituals to get psyched up for gigs or do you have any superstitions related to performing?

6)  Some sit alone, plugged into headphones, getting psyched up for their next training session ...

7)  This night is all about you, and should get you fully psyched up for your wedding day.

8)  I wasn't at all psyched up for competing and not even sure I really wanted to.

9)  The weather was great and I was really psyched up for the jump.

10)  How to you get psyched up to do a show if you don't feel like doing a show?

11)  ... just psyching up for todays workout after a lazy start to Sunday morning - having made breakfast ...

12)  Here I am, thinking myself into a situation and psyching up while doing a scene and spending hours in silence trying to work up the ...

13)  It takes a lot of psyching up for me to get it done and despite all my preparations ...

14)  They're cheap words that come in handy when we're psyching up ourselves -- or someone else -- for a march into the unknown ...

15)  As Freud said to Jung in Vienna, you can psych up too much for a darts match.

16)  The haka was a war dance done to psych up the warriors before going into battle was it not?

17)  I would really have to psych up for that kind of discussion.

18)  ... if you will be away from home, the best thing to do is to psych up before leaving, so that you will be a little more prepared for the ...

19)  I did my usual warm up and psych up and was in the start gate ready to go.

20)  I was smacking my legs and head to get myself psyched up, thinking, I can beat these guys, but if these guys are ...