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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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."
and there was a most tremendous excitement, and you couldn't hear yourself think; and right in the midst of it up jumps old Uncle Silas, white as a sheet, and sings out:
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.
LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 22 Take yourself off to a private hideaway where you can hear yourself think. You have many friends who bring you joy.
Take this opportunity to head off to a private hideaway where you can hear yourself think. Your confusion will lift.
Get some distance from your loved one so you can hear yourself think. Resist the urge to do something perverse for shock value.
You can't hear yourself think and there is something serious you need to consider.
You can't hear yourself think, as everyone seems to be asking you for advice and support.
Scorpio Oct 24 to Nov 22 You can't hear yourself think as neighbours, colleagues and friends are all asking you for advice and support.
Sometimes you just need to get those hours of silence so that you can hear yourself think. Some of my best ideas have materialized when I've been in the shower!
If that was last year, prior to the February revival, you probably wouldn't have been able to 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'.