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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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Imagining, as the status in which the person becomes aware of the existence of work, occupations, and jobs that he or she was formerly unaware of, suggests the utility of interventions such as career awareness education, guided imagery, exposure to representations of occupations in one's immediate environment and in the mass media, and narrative approaches to career counseling that emphasize career as constructed life story (Cochran, 1997; Peavy, 1992).
The sensitive viewer of such paintings identifies with a figure in the represented space on her side of the picture plane, centrally imagining this figure interacting with the represented scene and thereby acquiring a residual condition that influences how she sees the picture and how she perceives what she sees in the picture when she reverts from imagination to perception.
The question of centrally imagining someone in a represented space just this side of something's surface seems not to arise for sculpture, i.
But we did find a role for non-propositional imaginings, ones which consist in imagining being or experiencing something or other, and which involve a phenomenological residue not encapsulated in propositional imaginings.
These might include: (i) Tactile imaginings: for example, imagining what it feels like to be touching or holding it.
For example, my being aware of motor sensations of resistance and imbalance, within a context of imagining what it feels like to lift (a part of) a sculpture, is tantamount to imagining my being (the part of) the sculpture, identifying with it as if its sculpturally articulated material were my own body in which I feel its apparent weight and degree of equilibrium.
They were then asked to point to specific objects from various positions in the room and to point to objects while imagining that they stood at a previously held position.