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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!
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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.
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Fancy that!

exclam. Imagine that! Fancy that! There’s a piece of pie left in the fridge.
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However, I found myself continually unsatisfied by the lack of distinction made between the existence of the originating poet and the existence of the "imagining woman" imagined by this poet.
Readers equipped with their own post-structural convictions about language, genre, and gender, might answer this question easily, and might welcome the extreme figurative phrasing and the shifting attributions of agency that suggest the imagined Lauras' real power.
Both artists and the French revolutionaries imagined a new political world through familistic images and plots.
Novelists and painters not only imagined a world without fathers well before the Jacobins and sans-culottes.
Yet one wonders whether subgroups of French society of special interest to Hunt for example women--actually partook of the same kinds of unconscious family models of politics as men or imagined their political dimensions in the same way.
The author herself provides an extremely interesting example of how the configuration of the "family romance" in women's minds may have differed strongly from that imagined by men.
They can help us see groups--Xhosa, Afrikaners, Cape Coloured People--in the process of formation, imagining themselves and being imagined by others.
The most relevant books for this review are Edward Said, Orientalism (New York, 1970); Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (2nd.
When volunteers closed their eyes and imagined tiny letters of the alphabet, blood flow jumped solely in the part of the primary visual cortex that handles information from the center of the eye.
When observers imagined the masks aligned at a different angle than in initial trials or looked at masks with one eye covered and mentally revived them with the other eye covered, imagery lost its ability to boost visual recognition of the target.
Then, youngsters imagined walking from their seat to the teacher's seat while physically walking a path that resembled the one they would take in class.
A link may exist between imagined ugliness and obsessive-compulsive disorder or mood disorders, such as severe depression, assert psychiatrist Katherine A.
A large majority of volunteers checked their appearance in mirrors and other reflecting surfaces for at least four hours daily and attempted to hide their imagined defects when in public.
Symptoms of imagined ugliness often eased for those taking either of two antidepressant drugs that boost the amount of the chemical messenger serotonin available to brain cells: clomipramine, which often diminishes the urges and rituals of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and fluoxetine (Prozac).