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(well,) imagine that!

An expression of surprise, astonishment, or disbelief, especially regarding some recent revelation. Bob: "You know, if you run your washing machine at night you can save a lot of money on your electric bill." John: "Well, imagine that! I've never heard of such a thing!" Four hundred people came to see our concert tonight? Imagine that!
See also: imagine

you're imagining things

You're making things up or seeing things that are not real. You're imagining things—there's nothing going on between Bill and me.
See also: imagine, thing

Can you imagine?

Can you believe that?; Imagine that! She wore jeans to the wedding. Can you imagine? Billy was eating the houseplant! Can you imagine?
See also: can

envision someone as someone else

 and envision something as something else
to imagine or fantasize someone as someone else; to imagine or fantasize something as something else. I envision her as the next company president. We envisioned this as larger than it turned out to be.
See also: else

Fancy that!

 and Imagine that!
I am very surprised to hear that.; That is hard to imagine or believe. Mary: My father was elected president of the board. Sally: Fancy that! Sue: This computer is ten times faster than the one we had before. Jane: Imagine that! Is it easy to operate? Sue: Of course not.
See also: fancy

imagine someone or something as someone or something

to think of someone or something as another person or another type of thing. I really can't imagine you as a sailor. When I imagine John as our new president, I really worry about our future as a company.
See also: imagine

Fancy that!

exclam. Imagine that! Fancy that! There’s a piece of pie left in the fridge.
See also: fancy
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The 6 career statuses in the INCOME framework, which occur across demographic and cultural groups, are Imagining, iNforming, Choosing, Obtaining, Maintaining, and Exiting.
The framework proposed here consists of six statuses: Imagining, i Nforming, Choosing, Obtaining, Maintaining, and Exiting, the initials of which form the acronym INCOME (Beveridge et al.
Volunteers spontaneously sniffed only when imagining smells, the researchers report in the November Nature Neuro-science.
In a second set of trials, the scientists measured nasal airflow in 10 additional participants, who completed four tasks in random order--smelling odors, imagining odors, looking at objects, and visualizing objects that weren't present.
At Microsoft Business Solutions, we're imagining that world every day.
Confino's contribution to Burgertumsforschung analyzes how the bourgeoisie shaped German national identity in their own image, the vehicle of which was the "Heimat idea", a way of imagining the nation in terms of the local.
This "common denominator" was the "Heimat idea", the imagining of the nation via local idioms which "transform[ed] the nation into an everyday life experience"(xii).
Estrin prepares readers for these claims in her introductory explanation: "Once the originating poet imagines the imagining woman, she (in turn) proceeds to probe in directions not yet revealed by - but nevertheless implicit in - the original representation" (10).
But other readers - and many with a deconstructive bent as well - will find Estrin's observations most useful when she emphasizes the agency of the speaker, not the Lauras - his triumphs in transforming his state of mind and sense of self by imagining, empathizing with, fearing, or otherwise acknowledging the otherness of the woman.
SAN FRANCISCO -- New World Library announced today the publication, Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women, on March 8, 2006, International Women's Day.
However, when imagining sentences in another person's voice, hallucinators showed reduced blood flow in the supplementary motor area (SMA) and the left middle temporal gyrus (MTG), the scientists report in the Sept.
org) is launching its 2006 global project, Imagining Ourselves: A Global Generation of Women on International Women's Day, March 8, 2006.
And the edges of imagined objects tended to blur when volunteers looked at them from too close a vantage point (such as imagining an elephant standing a few feet away).
They can help us see groups--Xhosa, Afrikaners, Cape Coloured People--in the process of formation, imagining themselves and being imagined by others.
Such anchoring of collective fantasies in the social order would lead Hunt away from her own primary methodological concern, however, which is to bring back shared ideas, beliefs, and imaginings to an understanding of the political order.