figment of (one's)/the imagination

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figment of (one's)/the imagination

An experience that initially is thought to be real but is actually imagined. I thought I heard the sound of my front door opening last night but it turned out to be a figment of my imagination.
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figment of one's imagination

Something made up, invented, or fabricated, as in "The long dishevelled hair, the swelled black face, the exaggerated stature were figments of imagination" (Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847). This term is redundant, since figment means "product of the imagination." [Early 1800s]
See also: figment, imagination, of

a figment of somebody’s imagiˈnation

something which somebody only imagines: Doctor, are you suggesting the pain is a figment of my imagination?
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Obviously, the traffic build-up I've witnessed in my 41 years living in the city is a figment of my imagination.
He says, "I got on the other side, and when I looked back at where this wall had been I saw that it had been an illusion--a total figment of my imagination.
I now realise any relationship between Nicola and my ex-wife was a figment of my imagination, fuelled by the pain and ignominy I was feeling after the break-up of my marriage.
Vince's character is almost a figment of my imagination, the devil on my shoulder who takes advantage of the time when I'm most vulnerable.
If God is a figment of my imagination and the message is a relic founded in superstition, then why not let the fools who preach get on with it?
My cartoon was not a figment of my imagination,'' Turner noted.