hear (oneself) think

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hear (oneself) think

To be able to think clearly and without distraction. This phrase is commonly used in the negative, when one cannot concentrate on anything due to overwhelming noise or some form of distraction. Can you turn down that blaring music? I can't hear myself think! There's so much construction going on during the day that you can't even hear yourself think over the chorus of jackhammers. I'm going to the library—where I'll be able to hear myself think.
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For pity's sake take your poor, broken-down chum to some place where she can hear herself think."
Even as she allows him to indulge her every wish, all the warning alarms are going off in her head, so loud and insistent that she can hardly hear herself think. She is fully aware that this is his way of letting her know that he has either got up to or is getting up to something that he knows will not go down well with her.
Trying to drown out other people's incessant chatter with her own incessant chatter, Simpson whines how she can't hear herself think. In an attempt to deliver the trendy ring tone of the month, Simpson, with her grating, raspy voice, tries desperately to channel Bozzio's spaciness and Stefani's sassiness but fails in both cases.
NORMALLY Jayne McCausland can't hear herself think as her pet parakeet incessantly squawks "night night, darling" and "give us a kiss" in a Brummie accent.
She can barely hear herself think, but she watches the rivulets of muddy water rushing past her door with a smile, imagining each droplet seeping into the earth around her precious coffee trees.
The pool champ was lining up one of the biggest shots of her life - a black to claim the world team championship for Scotland - and could barely hear herself think.
In the next class, uptight Sarah (Ruth Gemmell) can't hear herself think. Sarah thinks about Paul.