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not have the foggiest (notion)

To have no knowledge or understanding about something. He doesn't have the foggiest notion how hard it is to run a business. A: "Do you know where the car keys are?" B: "I haven't the foggiest. Sorry."
See also: foggy, have, not

not have the faintest (notion)

To have no knowledge or understanding about something. He doesn't have the faintest notion how hard it is to run a business. A: "Do you know where the car keys are?" B: "I haven't the faintest, sorry."
See also: faint, have, not

run away with the idea

To take a fantastical or unrealistic idea as something that is definitely true or destined to happen. His book appeared on a local bestseller list, and now he's run away with the idea of being a famous author. Local tabloids are running away with the idea of the mayor being a part of a big conspiracy.
See also: away, idea, run

run away with the notion

To take a fantastical or unrealistic idea as something that is definitely true or destined to happen. His book appeared on a local bestseller list, and now he's run away with the notion of being a famous author. Local tabloids are running away with the notion of the mayor being a part of a big conspiracy.
See also: away, notion, run

have half a notion to do something

 and have half a mind to do something
Fig. to have almost decided to do something, especially something unpleasant. I have half a mind to go off and leave you here. The cook had half a notion to serve cold chicken.
See also: half, have, notion

run aˈway with the idea/notion

(spoken) believe something that is not true: Don’t run away with the idea that you’re going to be famous just because you’ve appeared on television once.
See also: away, idea, notion, run
References in classic literature ?
But in the age of Socrates it was only by an effort that the mind could rise to a general notion of virtue as distinct from the particular virtues of courage, liberality, and the like.
Plato is desirous of deepening the notion of education, and therefore he asserts the paradox that there are no educators.
It may be observed, however, that the fanciful notion of pre-existence is combined with a true but partial view of the origin and unity of knowledge, and of the association of ideas.
His answers have a sophistical ring, and at the same time show the sophistical incapacity to grasp a general notion.
Will he not be full of boundless aspirations, and fancy himself able to manage the affairs of Hellenes and of barbarians, and having got such notions into his head will he not dilate and elevate himself in the fulness of vain pomp and senseless pride?
Had Mademoiselle Hennequin been an American girl, he would not have thought a second time of the emotion she had betrayed in regarding my beauties; but he had been taught to believe all French women managing and hypocritical; a notion that the experience of a young man in Paris would not be very likely to destroy.
He could not marry yet; he wished not to marry for several years; and therefore he was not ready to entertain the notion of being in love with a girl whom he happened to admire.
We cannot distinguish, among nearly invariable antecedents, one as THE cause, and the others as merely its concomitants: the attempt to do this depends upon a notion of cause which is derived from will, and will (as we shall see later) is not at all the sort of thing that it is generally supposed to be, nor is there any reason to think that in the physical world there is anything even remotely analogous to what will is supposed to be.
As we have just seen, the notion of "cause" is not so reliable as to allow us to infer the existence of something that, by its very nature, can never be observed.
Jaggers shook his head - not in negativing the question, but in altogether negativing the notion that he could anyhow be got to answer it - and the two horrible casts of the twitched faces looked, when my eyes strayed up to them, as if they had come to a crisis in their suspended attention, and were going to sneeze.
From this last speech I derived the notion that Miss Havisham, for some reason or no reason, had not taken him into her confidence as to her designing me for Estella; that he resented this, and felt a jealousy about it; or that he really did object to that scheme, and would have nothing to do with it.
Well, I have no objection to your contemplating Hetty in an artistic light, but I must not have you feeding her vanity and filling her little noddle with the notion that she's a great beauty, attractive to fine gentlemen, or you will spoil her for a poor man's wife--honest Craig's, for example, whom I have seen bestowing soft glances on her.
My notion is that tails are given to conceal thought.
Objective: Understanding the notions of truth and knowledge has been at the root of the philosophical enterprise since the very beginning.
At Vassar, where a series of incidents led to a campus-wide meeting on racial inclusion, an African-American professor actually told the students that he did not want the dialogue to be governed by "cardboard notions of civility.