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labor under the illusion of/that

To live, operate, or function with the unyielding belief in something, especially that which is fanciful, unrealistic, or untrue. Primarily heard in US. Jeremy's always labored under the illusion of being a great writer, even though he's never written more than a few crummy poems. No one likes paying taxes, but those who would call for them to be done away with altogether are laboring under the illusion that our society can function without them!
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be under no illusion

To know and understand the reality or truth of a situation. Don't worry, I'm not getting back together with Alex. After all his lies, I'm under no illusion about how he operates.
See also: illusion, no

be under the illusion that

To be living, operating, or functioning based on a belief that is fanciful, unrealistic, or untrue. Jeremy's always been under the illusion that he's a great writer, even though he's never written more than a few crummy poems. No one likes paying taxes, but those who would call for them to be done away with altogether are under the illusion that our society can function without them.
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be under the illusion that

wrongly believe that.
1998 Independent The keening harmonies of the Brothers Gibb, a million naff dance routines by medallion men under the illusion that they were John Travolta.
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be under no illusion (or illusions)

be fully aware of the true state of affairs.
1992 Christian Scientist Monitor It is crucial to the nation's security…that we be under no illusions about reasons for this zero-loss rate.
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The Museum of Illusions is a Croatian franchise, sponsored by the Global Development and Investment LLC in Oman.
The Museum of Illusions has the largest collection of holograms, stereograms, and optical illusions in the entire Middle East.
The cellist offers high notes and deep sounds which demonstrate danger, majesty, terror, levity or deep thought surrounding the illusions.
The Sunderland University lecturer's 'The Day it Rained on Lowry' was created with colleague Gurpreet Singh, and uses visual illusion to bring the legendary matchstick men to life.
Responding to the growth in the men's fragrance category, the line offers An Illusion of Curve, An Illusion of Eternity, An Illusion of Cool Water and An Illusion of Chrome.
By studying illusions, we can learn the mechanisms by which the brain constructs our conscious experience of the world.
Here's another night-time trickster: the false visual reference illusions, which can cause you to orient the plane in reference to a false or slanted horizon.
Operating under these illusions could be detrimental to survival in modern times, yet it is suggested that these illusions were expressed by early human brains and have persisted ever since.
My students were able to 'see' how complex our vision is thanks to the optical illusions and persistence of vision activities," said an eighth-grade teacher from Idaho, after utilizing the workbooks with her students.
The illusions themselves are sort of naive, but they become more and more complicated as Alcandre, the sorcerer, pulls out all the stops to make them believable.
Illusion and disillusionment; core issues in psychotherapy.
NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-3 October 2006-Electronic Arts Inc completes acquisition of Sweden's Digital Illusions CE AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.
Deftly exploring internet dating and romance scamming from the perspective a professional directly involved with such scams, Cyber Love's Illusions compiles and presents a complete understanding of the modern and progressive theft of billions of dollars and thousands of broken dreams and expectations yearly.
Available in more than 20 designs with hundreds of color combinations, Illusions offers multi-chrome finishes applied in distinct patterns which are a result of specialized tools and application processes.
In this engaging video, artist-educator Peggy Flores leads the audience through simple steps that create fascinating visual illusions with line, color, and shape.