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]
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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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She said: 'After going through the report, we are bold to say that the entire report is a mere figment of the imagination of the writers as the narratives fall below the standards in the operations of our shelters as well as the standards for our victims' support and assistance.'
It is all a figment of the imagination of teacher Jonty Haywood, who went to school in the county.
The oil companies say it's all a figment of the imagination or it's just part of nature that happens every couple of million years or so.
The condition has confused scientists for years, with some clinicians dismissing it as a figment of the imagination.
I think that really was a figment of the imagination among sections of the press," Khumalo said in an interview published in Johannesburg on 7 May by allafrica.com.
Does this man exist - or is he the figment of the imagination of one of your staff reporters?
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.
In fact, no one knows whether Teledesic will fly or fail; for now, it remains a figment of the imagination, a virtual product based on the best guesses of rocket scientists, telecommunications engineers, and microchip designers.
'Be informed that the rumour is a figment of the imagination of the peddlers'.
Without Remember When, these memories would fade away or, in some cases, might be dismissed as a figment of the imagination, like the story of the Middlesbrough whale.
Once they are closely scrutinised, people realise that they are merely a figment of the imagination.
SOME affairs are little more than a figment of the imagination, a flirtation that belongs - and remains - solely in the mind.
Tory newspapers have leapt on this figment of the imagination because they will stoop to anything to smear Labour.
He said that nothing of sort was happening, adding that it was a figment of the imagination of mischief makers.
THE All Progressive Congress (APC) on Friday denied that any court has nullified the party's primary election on Osun state describing the news as false and a figment of the imagination of some people.