hearing things

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hearing things

Having auditory hallucinations. Bob: "Listen, I'm sure that someone is right behind us!" Jack: "Bob, you're hearing things. There's nothing out here but us and the wind."
See also: hearing, thing

hear (or see) things

imagine that you can hear (or see) something that is not in fact there.
See also: hear, thing
References in classic literature ?
Weston, which they seemed to find such pleasure in describing to me; and hearing things asserted of him which, from the character of the man, I knew to be exaggerations and perversions of the truth, if not entirely false--things derogatory to him, and flattering to them--especially to Miss Murray--which I burned to contradict, or, at least, to show my doubts about, but dared not; lest, in expressing my disbelief, I should display my interest too.
The pensioner, who has not been named, said: 'I thought I heard a cat but I kept telling myself that I must be hearing things.
And when he starts speaking Gaelic, they'll think they are hearing things too.
Delusions (false beliefs, despite obvious proof to the contrary), hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not present), thought disorders (manifested by disconnected speech or, in severe cases, incoherence), loss of self-identity, withdrawal from the outside world, and abnormal psychomotor activity (rocking, pacing, or immobility) are a few of the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Since we acquired the ALLEGRETTO WAVE, we are hearing things from patients treated with the Allegretto that we didn't hear with previous technologies.
We keep hearing things like that, but we have scored more goals than anyone else, so what can I say?
But Sophia moved to reassure her yesterday and added: "I have been hearing things and everyone likes you.
I THOUGHT I was hearing things when I heard Stephen Fry saying on Newsnight that he had cheated and so had everyone.
The phone stopped working and I was hearing things on the news about the conflict moving towards Tbilisi where my grandparents live.
I THOUGHT I was hearing things, flicking on the bedside radio to hear the tail-end of the sports news last weekend - Sven was coming to Villa and bringing Becks with him.
It told the story in a way that people are used to hearing things that are real.
With the increase in technology at schools and in the home, we will soon be hearing things like 'The hard drive ate my homework.
For one thing, he is hearing things, or thinks he is.
Listening to teenagers may mean hearing things you don't like, warns Dr Woolfson.
In today's business environment, to ensure that one audience is not hearing things others are not, all messages should be integrated and "nest" from top to bottom as subsets of the company's primary messaging and positioning.