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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In midweek against Brendan Rodgers' side, they probably won't even be able to hear themselves think.
Koeman's squad were jeered the second they set foot on the pitch for the warm-up and will have struggled to hear themselves think thereafter.
The fall retreat was a huge success because of a magical group of women who took time to take a breath, hear themselves think and restore.
Indeed, the Socialists came to power during a period characterized by receding signs of ideological tensions, and it has now become possible for the left-wing elites to hear themselves think.
As the digital universe buries international boundaries and evades any reasonable national oversight, the answer is a proactive multimedia broadcasting corporation that allows Canadians to see and hear themselves think.
The rush-hour respites on the rails could be a rare opportunity to hear themselves think.
* FEEL THE NOISE: Ghanaian fans show their support at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, while French star Patrice Evra, pictured in action in their opening game against Uruguay, said the players could not hear themselves think during their game in Cape Town
Cathy McLean, director of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Wales, said her staff could not hear themselves think and work became impossible after contractors began digging up the road outside their St Andrew's Place office.
Their master of ceremonies blasts them with Anglo-American club music throughout the game - they probably can't hear themselves think. It may explain why the second half of the game was so poor.
neither hear themselves think or hear what was going out over the public address system.
Any other match would have drawn complaints from people who could hardly hear themselves think but the passengers had other things on their mind.
Although at times they can hardly hear themselves think while the so-called adults drunkenly bellow and punch each other's lights out in the Rovers, or indulge in a noisy game of musical beds, they rarely lose sight of right and wrong.
Search for affection and friendship with interesting people who want to hear themselves think.
In well-designed, very efficient offices, labor productivity typically goes up by about 6 percent to 16 percent, because people can see what they are doing, hear themselves think, and feel more comfortable.