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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But now we can hear ourselves think again, you can begin to fully appreciate why a transfer that had many screaming from the rooftops in excitement never materialised.
"We could not hear ourselves think. There were fireworks going off and we could not believe the noise!" Newcastle boss Benitez has hinted some youngsters will go out on loan in the first half of the season - and that could include Sterry.
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.
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. It will be like a final."
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. We free our minds to pursue our own creativity and dreams, and to hear the quiet musings God is speaking to us.
"We can see for miles, but we can't hear ourselves think. No one objects to the foghorn when it's needed but when it's perfectly clear it's horrendous.
And, like Cllr Dean, he is confident of people's reactions once the work has been completed: "Yes, I think it will be just 'Wow!' "That's what I am hoping for - that people come here and say 'I don't recognise my old station any more!'" 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.
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.