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.
See also: hear, think
References in classic literature ?
The people went mad for pride in him, and joy and delight, and you couldn't hear yourself think, for the roar and boom and crash of applause.
They swarmed up in front of Sherburn's palings as thick as they could jam together, and you couldn't hear yourself think for the noise.
Sometimes you just need to get those hours of silence so that you can hear yourself think.
If that was last year, prior to the February revival, you probably wouldn't have been able to hear yourself think.
I love the atmosphere, you can't hear yourself think.
Even if you do have to do so to hear yourself think above the noise.
With every alarm bell in the street ringing, it was difficult to hear yourself think - but about 12 minutes into the incident someone behind me was clearly shouting 'Alan'.
The noise was incredible, you couldn't hear yourself think, even shouting to each other as we warmed up, it was impossible to hear any further than five yards away.
Without doubt, they are only a handful from six seasons and there have too been international nights there with Wales when you could hear players' instructions to each other rather than not being able to hear yourself think, as was the case on Friday.
Come 4pm on Sunday you won't be able to hear yourself think at the Stadium of Light.
If the horn was blaring, you couldn't hear yourself think, much less think about what you were hearing.
I'd also heard tales of non-stop traffic, busy restaurants where you can't hear yourself think, and no rest from the hustle and bustle.
For Twelve Angry Men, 42:02, 2014, Crepieux cut bold capital letters from black-and-white stills from the film version of Reginald Rose's famous dramatic play, to spell out a line from the script on white paper: "You can hardly hear yourself think.