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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I have often wondered if this was a figment of my imagination. I lived in Newcastle (Gosforth and Ponteland) until I was 21 but cannot remember seeing or hearing anything else about a zoo.
"Over the years I have thought this must have been a figment of my imagination.
All right, so this conversation never took place, it is a figment of my imagination. It's just, what with the name Bond and Freddie Shepherd sharing a passing resemblance to Gert FrUbe, who played Goldfinger, my imagination got the better of me.
It seems what I had witnessed was not a figment of my imagination but a transient luminous event (TLE).
Obviously, the traffic build-up I've witnessed in my 41 years living in the city is a figment of my imagination.
A figment of my imagination. A deep-seated voice of inferiority that has no relation to the reality of my life.