Headshrinker | definition of headshrinker by Medical dictionary
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1. A headhunter who dries and shrinks the heads of enemies.
2. Slang A psychiatrist, especially a psychoanalyst.
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The earliest example we have is from an article in Time in November 1950 to which an editor has helpfully added a footnote to say that headshrinker
was Hollywood jargon for a psychiatrist.
But she'd taken the card with the headshrinker
's phone number and slid it into a sewer grate.
's arrival marked an impressive rise in standard from the side that finished bottom of the SPL last term.