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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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The imaginer may also surround him- or herself with books, magazines, and videotapes about killing, martial arts, the paramilitary, mercenary soldiering, and sexual sadism.
beaucoup moins que] C'etait une periode terrible que l'on ne peut imaginer aujourd'hui.
Son homologue a San Antonio Gregg Popovich est loin d'etre convaincu: "Qui peut imaginer cela", a-t-il declare, avec ironie.
Personne n'aurait jamais pu imaginer que le petit club des hauts-et-Seine, monte en ProA pour la premiere fois de son histoire il y a seulement deux ans, et dote du deuxieme plus faible budget de la division (2,6 millions d'euros), serait aujourd'hui en position d'inscrire son nom au palmares.
Peut-on imaginer une table au cours du ramadan sans le kalb ellouz fait a base d'amandes et de semoule accompagne le the de la soiree ?
Nous avons ete tous unanimes ou quasi-unanimes sur 4 a 5 projets qui se detachaient par leur qualite d'ecriture, l'originalite de l'histoire, la force des personnages et la perspective de film qu'ils donnaient a imaginer.
Le monde a tellement change que les gens de bon sens ne peuvent pas imaginer un conflit militaire d'ampleur aujourd'hui [beaucoup plus grand que].
Le modele du Centre cinematographique marocain a permis un indeniable essor du cinema marocain dans les quinze dernieres annees; comment le CNC et le CCM peuvent-ils collaborer pour renforcer cette evolution; pouvons-nous imaginer d'etendre cette reflexion a d'autres pays du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient ?
Le contexte tendu, marque par la crise economique et la baisse des moyens en notre possession, nous pousse a imaginer de nouvelles modalites de developpement de nos territoires, plus solidaires et plus durables.
On ne peut pas imaginer ce qu'il reste a surmonter", a declare a l'issue d'une messe a Halle (est) M.
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Artiste dans l'ame des le college, Kenza preferait dessiner des silhouettes et imaginer des vetements pour son entourage plutot que de suivre ses cours.
On decouvre des cotes meconnus de Mahmoudi, de Rezzoug ou de Said Mekbel, des caracteres bien trempes qu'on a peine a imaginer dans l'atmosphere aseptisee des redactions d'aujourd'hui.
Un paysage politique en ebullition, une societe en profonde transformation, une economie en transition, sans oublier les fronts classiques mais non moins strategiques comme le Sahara, [beaucoup moins que]on peut aisement imaginer l'exaltation du professionnel de l'information devant un environnement si petillant [beaucoup moins que], ajoute-t-il.
Il a explique que la conference d'hier etait importante pour imaginer l'issue du depart du pouvoir (actuel) qui nous ramene sur le chemin de la Revolution.