can't hear yourself think

can't hear (oneself) think

Cannot concentrate on anything due to overwhelming noise. Can you turn down that blaring music? I can't hear myself think! There's so much construction going on during the day that you can't even hear yourself think over the chorus of jackhammers.
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can't hear yourself think

INFORMAL
COMMON If you say that you can't hear yourself think, you are complaining because there is a lot of noise that is disturbing you. For God's sake shut up. I can't hear myself think! If you're sitting in the front yard, you can't hear yourself think because the traffic is getting very, very bad.
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can’t hear yourself ˈthink

(informal) there is so much noise around you that you cannot think clearly: Can you turn the volume down? I can’t hear myself think in here.
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I'd also heard tales of non-stop traffic, busy restaurants where you can't hear yourself think and no rest from the hustle and bustle.
You're hearing so many conflicting opinions you can't hear yourself think.
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Wilton chairman Pat Spink said: "It's such a noisy event you can't hear yourself think.
Perhaps we should not be surprised by the way texting has infiltrated a society where often you can't hear yourself think, never mind talk.
You can't hear yourself think, much less enjoy a conversation,over the continual din of suburban noise.
Going by Wellesley College, the girls scream so loud that you can't hear yourself think,'' Wills recalled.
That is difficult enough when you've got 75,000 fanatical Welsh supporters screaming at you and you can't hear yourself think.
Of course you're going to be put off, influenced or just annoyed as you can't hear yourself think.
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You can't hear yourself think there sometimes it's so loud.
We even get interference on our TV when they fly over which you aren't supposed to and you can't hear yourself think.
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