a figment of imagination

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a figment of your imagination

also a figment of the imagination
something created by your mind I thought I saw someone standing in the shadows, but it was just a figment of my imagination.
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Talk of the presence of fanatic groups in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and that some fundamentalist groups have plotted terrorist attacks in this or that camp is a figment of the imagination, said Fatah representative in Lebanon Sultan Abul Einein, the Beirut daily AN NAHAR reported Sunday.
It is all a figment of the imagination of teacher Jonty Haywood, who went to school in the county.
THE PSYCHOSEXUAL games at the heart of the fascinating French thriller ``Red Lights'' may or may not be a figment of the imagination of the movie's milquetoast husband, Antoine (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), who drinks double whiskeys the way Britney Spears downs Red Bulls.
Feike Fidel, the thematic link, identifies himself as the author's creation, a figment of the imagination, cast in the role of a would-be poet in search of the vision and the words for the poem that will ensure his immortality.
The thought of self-remediating non-polluting batteries was once a figment of the imagination and a dream of environmentalists.