figment of (one's)/the imagination

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figment of (one's)/the imagination

An experience that initially is thought to be real but is actually imagined. I thought I heard the sound of my front door opening last night but it turned out to be a figment of my imagination.
See also: figment, imagination, of

figment of one's imagination

Something made up, invented, or fabricated, as in "The long dishevelled hair, the swelled black face, the exaggerated stature were figments of imagination" (Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847). This term is redundant, since figment means "product of the imagination." [Early 1800s]
See also: figment, imagination, of

a figment of somebody’s imagiˈnation

something which somebody only imagines: Doctor, are you suggesting the pain is a figment of my imagination?
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But instead of performing on stage, Grint disclosed that Sheeran was a 'fake character' brought about by a figment of his imagination.
To claim that the big cities of the North expect a Tory win, using the debate about a Metro Mayor v Combined Authority is, in my view, a figment of his imagination.
Expect a randy dad-in-law, a green slimy figment of his imagination, Simon Cowell and the Queen in the first ep.
confessed that a long running chat show tale about his previous occupation was a figment of his imagination.
The source considered that the news published by the aforementioned newspaper is the result of the hallucinations of the newspaper's reporter, who did not find anything to report to the newspaper so he created false and untrue stories that are a figment of his imagination.
It is just a rose-tinted figment of his imagination.
He said her blood must have got on his car when he fought off the attack from her and her accomplice, a man Mr Kelly said had been nothing more than a figment of his imagination.
Egged on by a raving televangelist ("24's" Gregory Itzin, very good) who may be a figment of his imagination, Frank (Burke)--or is it Francis?
Or, like Saddam's stash of weapons, just another figment of his imagination
Koz to know that it was not a "total figment of his imagination.
But in that film, he was nuts and I was a figment of his imagination so we worked hard to not duplicate that relationship in this film.
While abuse of the kind he describes is undeniable, what happens next in the film is almost certainly a figment of his imagination.
He said: "I suspect William Hague's capacity for 14 pints of Yorkshire bitter was a figment of his imagination.
go home to face his fears of a terrifying evil that may be real or could just be a figment of his imagination.
I would say that's a figment of his imagination,'' Hackett said.