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(well,) imagine that!

An expression of surprise, astonishment, or disbelief, especially regarding some recent revelation. Bob: "You know, if you run your washing machine at night you can save a lot of money on your electric bill." John: "Well, imagine that! I've never heard of such a thing!" Four hundred people came to see our concert tonight? Imagine that!
See also: imagine

you're imagining things

You're making things up or seeing things that are not real. You're imagining things—there's nothing going on between Bill and me.
See also: imagine, thing

can you imagine

A phrase used to express the speaker's surprise, astonishment, or perhaps horror about something. And then Dave just stood up in the middle of the board meeting and started yelling at the CEO. Can you imagine? I turned away for one second and the baby crawled right into the mud. Can you imagine?
See also: can, imagine

Can you imagine?

Can you believe that?; Imagine that! She wore jeans to the wedding. Can you imagine? Billy was eating the houseplant! Can you imagine?
See also: can

envision someone as someone else

 and envision something as something else
to imagine or fantasize someone as someone else; to imagine or fantasize something as something else. I envision her as the next company president. We envisioned this as larger than it turned out to be.
See also: else, envision

Fancy that!

 and Imagine that!
I am very surprised to hear that.; That is hard to imagine or believe. Mary: My father was elected president of the board. Sally: Fancy that! Sue: This computer is ten times faster than the one we had before. Jane: Imagine that! Is it easy to operate? Sue: Of course not.
See also: fancy

imagine someone or something as someone or something

to think of someone or something as another person or another type of thing. I really can't imagine you as a sailor. When I imagine John as our new president, I really worry about our future as a company.
See also: imagine

Fancy that!

exclam. Imagine that! Fancy that! There’s a piece of pie left in the fridge.
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Under the auspices of British director Timothy Sheader, Imagine This opened in the West End at the New London Theatre on November 19, 2008.
Offsetting these positive factors, Fitch believes that Imagine has a comparatively small capital base and a modest competitive position.
Amy's Kitchen, the plaintiff, initially sought a temporary restraining order prohibiting Imagine Foods from shipping, distributing or selling any of its Imagine Natural(R) Stuffed Sandwich products in its new package.
Since the launch of the new franchise, Imagine sales have exceeded expectations with more than three million units sold globally.
Headquartered in New York City, Imagine has offices in Hong Kong, London, and Sydney.
Imagine that his group's uber-intellectual, Fahmy Howeidy, shortly after also leaves because he had another important meeting to attend, and that this group of clowns come with a solution after midnight that isn't a solution, drafted by ex-presidential candidate Selim Al-wa, who wrote the Sudanese constitution that eventually led to Sudan getting divided into two countries.
Imagine doing your very best to make sure that strangers know you share in their grief.
But if one were to draw comparisons, Imagine Tap might be closer to Black and Blue, the Broadway hit of the '80s.
Imagine a woman who honors the face of the Goddess in her changing face.
Like others before them, they could not imagine a woman at the altar.
Along with additives, Imagine leaves out much of the salt.
And if we imagine the earth to be raised--even though this remains impossible--then its place will either (i) remain vacant, that is, will be followed by vacuum, and vacuum is not possible, or (ii) be filled by another body, and if this were the case it would not be filled naturally but by force due to the non-existence of vacuum.
Mandy Moore wants you to imagine a better world and buy her pricey new ``Imagine'' T-shirt.
The celebration included a John Lennon song entitled Imagine as a way of honouring those brave soldiers who fought and died for the freedom we now enjoy.
Students learn to overcome their fears when they imagine themselves performing optimally even while under pressure.