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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"I wasnt nervous and I couldnt hear myself think because it was so loud," said Brown who finished with a game-high 18 points.
"I needed time to hear myself think again," she told the magazine, referring to her break up.
I can't hear myself think" | "Just you wait 'til your father gets home" | "If you want to act like a baby I'll treat you like one" | "One day you'll thank me" | "It's like talking to a brick wall" | "Where are your Ps and Qs?" | "I'm not asking, I'm telling" | "I've told you and that is that" Perhaps I'm just not trying hard enough to explain things properly and that's why my brain has defaulted to this setting.
I can tolerate my employees who are all generally nice people, I just can't hear myself think in the congested, organised chaos of an open plan workspace."
It's so quiet in here I can hear myself think. No good can come of this.
"I can't hear the music, much less hear myself think over that racket," Linda said.
When I did my ring walk I couldn't hear myself think! Francis was really happy with it.
ICAN barely hear myself think with the incessant pounding of the rain on the skylight in the office.
"I actually couldn't hear myself think," British skip Eve Muirhead said.
Time of Day: Any time in the early morning hours before anyone else is awake and the house is quiet, and, for those blessed moments, I can hear myself think.
We have a few of those "can't hear myself think" places here, too.
"Please turn them s-ts down, cant hear myself think / Turbulence, s-t, almost spilled my drink," the Mirror quoted him as rapping.
Sash window update: the fitters have arrived at last, I can't hear myself think, and I've been told that one of my sills is rotten.
"I can't even hear myself think, it's just brilliant," he said.