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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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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

imagine (someone or something) as (someone or something)

To envision or picture someone or something as somehow different than they currently are. I've only known Carly as a yoga teacher, so I really can't imagine her as an investment banker, but apparently, that's what she used to do. Come on, no negativity—the show hasn't even aired yet, so try to imagine it as a success.
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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Fancy that!

exclam. Imagine that! Fancy that! There’s a piece of pie left in the fridge.
See also: fancy
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Imagining is the status in which the person becomes aware that work, occupations, and jobs exist or that occupations or jobs that she or he was not formerly aware of exist.
In selecting works which best represent the author's agenda to extend the tradition into a shared black and white cultural space, what results is a study that insists on imagining grace from a position of the privileged and not of the oppressed.
Confino defines Sedan Day as a form of national imagining connected to the social formation of German liberalism between 1870 and 1890.
Begin to inhale, imagining the air is entering the nose and descending to fill that internal pouch.
While previous research has shown that we spend more time looking at items close to our hands, but this is the first study claiming that merely imagining something close to our hands will cause us to pay more attention to it.
In a second set of trials, the scientists measured nasal airflow in 10 additional participants, who completed four tasks in random order--smelling odors, imagining odors, looking at objects, and visualizing objects that weren't present.
Thus Judith Anderson takes up the question of what Renaissance writers were imagining, and what forms this imagining took, when they thought or spoke about their speech.
Semple, are a revision of Du Bois's notion of double consciousness, not as it exists in Du Bois's configuration, but as it exists in Hughes's imagining of the two factors existing in relatively harmonious relation.
Before proceeding, we should note the independence of imagining from truth
In Imagining the Middle Class, he asks instead "how, why and when did the British come to believe that they lived in a society centred around a 'middle class'" (p.
In addition to such propositional imaginings, props prescribe non-propositional imaginings, and do so without thereby generating fictional truths.[12] The statue mandates both imagining a soldier and imagining seeing a soldier, exercises of the imagination that involve self-imagining (imagining de se) and hence go beyond merely imagining that a soldier is there.
As James Baldwin wrote in Just Above My Head: "To be forced to excavate a history is, also, to repudiate the concept of history, and the vocabulary in which history is written; for the written history is, and must be, merely the vocabulary of power, and power is history's most seductively attired false witness" (512).(2) Excavating and then imagining a history, I would argue, is to repudiate a Western conception of history, and that repudiation does not leave one historyless, but rather it gives the historian the opportunity to make a kind of history less implicated in dominant discourses, and more open to other ways of structuring and organizing, ways that are collective and antithetical to the Western tradition.
Estrin prepares readers for these claims in her introductory explanation: "Once the originating poet imagines the imagining woman, she (in turn) proceeds to probe in directions not yet revealed by - but nevertheless implicit in - the original representation" (10).
However, when imagining sentences in another person's voice, hallucinators showed reduced blood flow in the supplementary motor area (SMA) and the left middle temporal gyrus (MTG), the scientists report in the Sept.
And the edges of imagined objects tended to blur when volunteers looked at them from too close a vantage point (such as imagining an elephant standing a few feet away).