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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Now, we're wondering if he was only ever a figment of her imagination as she admitted to the world of social media recently that she's in fact single.
However, Denis is a figment of her imagination, having died in 2003.
And the ambiguous motives of almost everyone in the film gradually wear us down until we stop caring whether she was really snatched in the dead of night, or whether it was all a figment of her imagination.
Soon after, while her husband is out, she is woken by a young pilot.But is he real or a wishful figment of her imagination? ?
Ruby said she had to slap and punch Jasper to reassure herself that the person she spoke to was not a figment of her imagination.
A mysterious stranger who also seems to be stuck in 1982 is making Alex doubt that the world of DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) is merely a figment of her imagination.
James Patterson's new book follows Jane, a seven-year-old loner whose only solace is in the form of an ideal male companion, a 30-something named Michael who is a figment of her imagination. Over two decades later, no win her 30s, Jane remains alone.
Jane's only solace is in the formof an ideal male companion, a 30-something named Michael who is a figment of her imagination. Over two decades later, now in her 30s, Jane remains alone.
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. Now in her 30s, Jane remains alone - but Michael is back and this time he's real.
Roberts said the allegations by the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were "a figment of her imagination".
I mean, are they even there?" claiming they are a figment of her imagination. Rumor has it that Stefani's posse are under contractual obligation to converse only in Japanese in public, thus adding to their foreign allure, although in real life they are plain-Jane American girls who speak perfect English.
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.
Marbeck's claims of an affair with the England captain were dismissed as a "figment of her imagination", by an escort agency boss in an interview reported in Australia today.
Mrs Thatcher's much- vaunted shareholders' democracy was always a figment of her imagination. Individual shareholders have never had a voice against the powerful institutions.