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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.
See also: imagine

Fancy that!

exclam. Imagine that! Fancy that! There’s a piece of pie left in the fridge.
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While keeping their eyes closed, volunteers reported shifting their mental gaze over imagined objects to glimpse various features of the items.
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.
The electrical activity in the skier's leg muscles was monitored as he imagined the downhill run, and the printout of muscle firings mirrored the terrain of the actual ski run.
Sniffing occurred only as individuals smelled or imagined odors.
Added to this is the fact that Heimat was not everywhere imagined in the same way; strong conflicts existed between the different branches of the movement and among the different regions of Germany.
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.
The researchers obtained PET scans while participants mentally recited a series of written sentences in their own voice and when they imagined a second set of sentences being spoken by an unknown voice they had previously heard on a tape.
Hunt uses Freud's notion of family romance from his Totem and Taboo both as "a point of departure" and as a conceptual apparatus to explore imagined visions of the family and public order.
Both artists and the French revolutionaries imagined a new political world through familistic images and plots.
The area was as complex and volatile as it was violent, chock full of imagined and invented categories: "Hottentots" or, for that matter, "the Khoikhoi"; "Kaffirs" or, for that matter, "the Xhosa"; "the Boers," or, for that matter, "Afrikaners"; "blacks" (who range from yellowish to dark brown) and "whites" (who are really swine-pink).
They can help us see groups--Xhosa, Afrikaners, Cape Coloured People--in the process of formation, imagining themselves and being imagined by others.
For more than a century, mental health workers around the world have noted that some people experience feelings of unbearable ugliness due 10 an imagined physical defect.
A link may exist between imagined ugliness and obsessive-compulsive disorder or mood disorders, such as severe depression, assert psychiatrist Katherine A.