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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We won 3-1, Everton were through to their first European final, and the stadium rocked so much we couldn't hear ourselves think, although my attention was drawn to a confrontation between the two benches.
And we couldn't hear ourselves think because of the noise from the building site yards away.
But we can't hear ourselves think here this summer over the roar of the Clinton machine -- and the buzzing back to life of old Clinton enemies.
On the Wirral Line, we can't hear ourselves think thanks to a din of drills - the gutting operation is in full swing and it's hard to visualise what everything will look like when it's put back together again.
From two o'clock onwards we were sitting in our dressingroom and we could hear the chants of "Hereford, Hereford" getting louder and louder until, when we emerged from the tunnel, we could not hear ourselves think.
Not to be afraid to believe that we can silence the patriarch in our own minds and hear ourselves think and be.
The Welsh are full of confidence in their magnificent Millennium Stadium, their fans are going to be full of voice and we are not going to be able to hear ourselves think.
PLUS: Handy for shops, food served relatively quickly by pleasant waitress, no music so we could hear ourselves think.
By designating a "quiet night"--no clatter from TV, stereo, phone, or Xbox--we can actually hear ourselves think.
At times we couldn't even hear ourselves think because of the noise.
We might be able to hear ourselves think once more; the disadvantage being so might everyone else.
The table was practically on the dance floor and we couldn't hear ourselves think.
We were at Annabel's (nightclub) and I planned to do it there but the table was practically on the dance floor and we couldn't hear ourselves think.