seeing things


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seeing things

imagining that one sees someone or something that is not there. Lisa says that she saw a ghost, but she was just seeing things. I thought I was seeing things when Bill walked into the room. Someone had told me he was dead.
See also: seeing, thing

seeing things

Experiencing hallucinations or delusions, as in I thought I saw my father, but I must have been seeing things; he died twenty years ago . [First half of 1900s]
See also: seeing, thing
References in classic literature ?
He yearned above all things for experience and felt himself ridiculous because at his age he had not enjoyed that which all fiction taught him was the most important thing in life; but he had the unfortunate gift of seeing things as they were, and the reality which was offered him differed too terribly from the ideal of his dreams.
I didn't like the idea of him seeing things like that--it was real uncanny.
But feeling horrible has nothing to do with not seeing things.
You would think that those men had an astonishing talent for seeing things that had already passed away.
I got my partner to have a look because I thought I was seeing things, but he couldn't explain what they were either.
Like Vicky and Ian we were having a drink with our neighbours, but all four of us saw the lights and agreed none of us were seeing things.
I stare at the screen open-mouthed, thinking I must be seeing things.
Jack Cork, on loan from Chelsea, thought he was seeing things.
She said: "Being blind and not seeing things is not nearly as frightening as seeing things which are not there at all.
THE contents of this building at Kirkcambeck, near Brampton, were enough to make visitors think they were seeing things.
And then I hit on the epitome of seeing things in a different way - Salvador Dali.
JAKOB DYLAN - SEEING THINGS IMAGINE howhard it would be to step out of your father's shadowif daddy happened to be Bob Dylan.
MUSIC-LOVING football fans who had a bit too much to drink on New Year's Eve weren't seeing things - that really WAS Steve McClaren in the audience for Jools Holland's Hootenanny, starring Kylie Minogue (right), on BBC2.
That echo does not stop us from seeing things of beauty or learning the hard lessons that life inevitably teaches.