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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'The Court's decision proves that the alleged profiling or police crackdown of their group is a figment of their imagination designed to draw more media attention as the election nears.
"The false claims by India about the alleged cross-LoC adventures are a figment of their imagination and counter-productive for peace and tranquillity on the Line of Control," the statement said.The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) also denied Indian claims that their troops had crossed over the Line of Control.
The false claims by India about the alleged cross LoC adventures are a figment of their imagination and counter-productive for peace and tranquility on the LoC.
The spokesman said the false claims by India about the alleged cross LoC adventures are a figment of their imagination and counter-productive for peace and tranquility on the LoC.
In the manner that small children labour under the delusion that there is a Father Christmas, far too many people in this country worry about this figment of their imagination.
Therefore this quick fix that apparently our politicians have up their sleeves to create growth, is a figment of their imagination.
Therefore this quick fix that apparently our politicians have up their sleeves, is nothing more than a figment of their imagination. It will never work.
THE memory of a whale being displayed in Middlesbrough has been intriguing some readers in the last few issues of Remember When, with some of them wondering if was all a figment of their imagination. But, thanks to reader George Wilson, the story of the whale can now be told, and as this photograph submitted by George shows, the whale was no figment of the imagination.
Apparently not completely convinced by the "no signs" edict, Hilton went to city hall and was told by both City Manager John Bohenko and City Attorney Robert Sullivan that the Clinton campaign workers' claim was essentially a figment of their imagination.
An awful lot of people would have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that the bias they thought had hampered their side down the years was just a figment of their imagination.
The thousands of tons of weapons of mass destruction were a figment of their imagination, developed by the spin doctors into a 45 minute threat to this country's welfare.
Their special blip was no figment of their imagination. They contacted the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an organization that collects data on identified space objects.
'The conflict is just a figment of their imagination,' Calida said.
Some even thought that this might have been a figment of their imagination. Others were more certain.