can't hear (oneself) think

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can't hear (oneself) think

Cannot concentrate on anything due to overwhelming noise. Can you turn down that blaring music? I can't hear myself think! There's so much construction going on during the day that you can't even hear yourself think over the chorus of jackhammers.
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can't hear yourself think

INFORMAL
COMMON If you say that you can't hear yourself think, you are complaining because there is a lot of noise that is disturbing you. For God's sake shut up. I can't hear myself think! If you're sitting in the front yard, you can't hear yourself think because the traffic is getting very, very bad.
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can’t hear yourself ˈthink

(informal) there is so much noise around you that you cannot think clearly: Can you turn the volume down? I can’t hear myself think in here.
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There was music playing as usual,and the mother turned to one of the assistants and said: "Could someone turn off this hurdy-gurdy, I can't hear myself think.
I suppose the emptiest vessels make the biggest noise, and I usually can't hear myself think when Chelsea are in town.
If I can't hear myself think that's something I have to deal with.
I can't hear myself think for the noise of your thighs chaffin'.
Speak to a couple of friends on the phone and have to cut the conversations short because I can't hear myself think.
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