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.
See also: figment, imagination, of

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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Jane's only solace is in the formof an ideal male companion, a 30-something named Michael who is a figment of her imagination.
Jane's only solace is in the form of an ideal male companion, a 30-something named Michael who is a figment of her imagination.
Those texts were a figment of her imagination and WMDs are going to turn up any day now.
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This is all a figment of her imagination," he said.
Mrs Thatcher's much- vaunted shareholders' democracy was always a figment of her imagination.
A stranger who also seems to be stuck in 1982 is making Alex doubt that her current world is merely a figment of her imagination.
But even if the toy boy is more than a figment of her imagination, there is no real excuse for her to be carrying on like this.