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.
Unless I was hearing things, I thought there was music playing.
No, you're not hearing things,'' it said, ''so calm down.
Prof Simon Crowe from the School of Psychological Sciences, who examined the effect of stress and caffeine on 92 participants, found stressed people who had consumed about 200mg of caffeine during the day were more likely to imagine hearing things.
Gemma, 28, from Wigan - who had a natural birth with just gas and air for pain relief - said: "I just couldn't believe it when the midwife told me the weight - I thought I was hearing things.
Danielle's letter read: "I need to know the truth, even if that means hearing things that I might not be wanting to hear.
DRIVERS in the North-East ARE hearing things when they go past road signs.
When I saw the signs saying ``Hezbollah forever'' and ``Hezbollah, Hamas -- People's Resistance,'' among others, I knew I wasn't hearing things.
Parents are hearing things in the news all the time, but there is a lot of confusion," Erdos says.
SMOKERS at a toolmakers thought they were hearing things when bird song started filtering through an ashtray.
I THOUGHT I was hearing things but Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music are back in the studio working on a new album.
No, you're not hearing things, the popular star of The Office has been signed up to star in a major UK movie.
I was sitting there with my leg in a brace and not able to do anything, and hearing things like that really hurt.
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.