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be under the impression that

To be living, operating, or functioning with the belief in that something is true. Jeremy's always been under the impression that he's a great writer, even though he's never written more than a few crummy poems. Oh, I was under the impression that we were meeting at two—did that change?
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be under the imˈpression that...

believe, usually wrongly, that...: I was under the impression you were coming tomorrow, not today.
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I was under the impression that women were not allowed in armored units.
Please excuse my naive view of the world, but I was under the impression that the councilman is supposed to represent the community.
Being on the weekly "phone, pick the brain, and bug" list for the producers of Fox's new Drudge Show, I was under the impression that I stood a better than even chance of reporting on the convention for Drudge's Independence Day audience - which is to say, his family, since the air time conflicted with fireworks.