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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"A Figment of Your Imagination," an exhibit of oil paintings by Mark and Susan Dodge, will have an opening reception from 5:30 p.m.
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But Coun Arnold told him: "Grow up ( stop behaving like a spoiled child," before referring to Coun Proud ( a former Lib Dem executive member ( when he said: "It's a figment of your imagination brought about by a disaffected, tubby turncoat."
Referring to Ian Proud ( a former executive member who defected to Labour ( Coun Arnold said: "It's a figment of your imagination brought about by a disaffected, tubby turncoat."
He knows about the times you've been driving alone through nowhere USA, rawk punk blaring, transmission shipping, pretending it's all "a figment of your imagination." He knows of your snow-bound cabin fever and call about the time you convinced your landlord that his brand-new BMW convertible was nothing more than a Mazda Miata.