seeing things


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see things

To see visual hallucinations or imagine things that are not really there. There's no dog in the backyard—you're seeing things. I could have sworn the contract said we were entitled to a lower price, but I must have been seeing things.
See also: see, thing

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.
This was his acknowledgment of the impossibility of changing a man's convictions by words, and his recognition of the possibility of everyone thinking, feeling, and seeing things each from his own point of view.
I do hope you feel the weight of the responsibility you have taken upon yourself, Alec," she said, with a certain grim sort of satisfaction at seeing things go wrong.
Meditate and consider as much as you like," replied Porthos, who was now quite out of humor at seeing things take this turn.
I didn't like the idea of him seeing things like that--it was real uncanny.
You would think that those men had an astonishing talent for seeing things that had already passed away.
Hipp and charmingly illustrated by Hilary Ann Love Glass, "A Different Kind of Safari" is a heartwarming and powerful picture book for children 6 to 10 that illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are.
If I hadn't handled that rat and flung it away I should have thought that I had been seeing things, like the many of us who saw things on the Retirement.
It is set to slash the same amount in costs after seeing things like crude oil, used in everything from transport to washing powder, soar 40% and palm oil rise by 75% in the past year.
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.