the idea


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the (very) idea!

An exclamation of shocked disapproval regarding something someone said or did. They thought I would just go along with their plan to cut my pay while taking on more responsibility. The idea! The very idea—how dare you suggest something so horrible!

the idea

Also, the very idea. See under what's the idea.
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References in classic literature ?
And the idea of good (Republic) may without violence be converted into the Supreme Being, who 'because He was good' created all things (Tim.
Plato uses them, though he also criticises them; he acknowledges that both he and others are always talking about them, especially about the Idea of Good; and that they are not peculiar to himself (Phaedo; Republic; Soph.
Likewise the idea of a man that I frame to myself must be either of a white, or a black, or a tawny, a straight, or a crooked, a tall, or a low, or a middle-sized man.
When Thorndike experimented with animals in cages, he found that the associations established were between a sensory stimulus and a bodily movement (not the idea of it), without the need of supposing any non-physiological intermediary (op.
Yes, monsieur le cardinal, and that is why I venture to call the idea courageous as well as devoted.
And the idea of the State is supplemented by the revelation of a future life.
Then," suggested the idea, with a blush for its own absurdity, "why not go on pilgrimage and seek her?
My earrings supplied me with the idea of which I was in search.
He obeyed the idea as a marionette obeys the strings, and started forthwith down the deck aft in quest of the mate.
To me the idea of an immediate union with my Elizabeth was one of horror and dismay.
The most fundamental idea, the idea of existence, has not been received by me through sensation; indeed, there is no special sense-organ for the transmission of such an idea.
So long as the quality and the low prices can be maintained, here are two inexhaustible sources of wealth for the canton, which suggested to my mind the idea of establishing three fairs in the year.
Besides, I had ideas of many sensible and corporeal things; for although I might suppose that I was dreaming, and that all which I saw or imagined was false, I could not, nevertheless, deny that the ideas were in reality in my thoughts.
Gervinus, Schlosser, and others, for instance, at one time prove Napoleon to be a product of the Revolution, of the ideas of 1789 and so forth, and at another plainly say that the campaign of 1812 and other things they do not like were simply the product of Napoleon's misdirected will, and that the very ideas of 1789 were arrested in their development by Napoleon's caprice.
The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.