figment of one's 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
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It is a figment of the imagination of the APC which manufactured the story.
Talk of the presence of fanatic groups in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and that some fundamentalist groups have plotted terrorist attacks in this or that camp is a figment of the imagination, said Fatah representative in Lebanon Sultan Abul Einein, the Beirut daily AN NAHAR reported Sunday.
It is all a figment of the imagination of teacher Jonty Haywood, who went to school in the county.
Feike Fidel, the thematic link, identifies himself as the author's creation, a figment of the imagination, cast in the role of a would-be poet in search of the vision and the words for the poem that will ensure his immortality.