see things

see things

To see visual hallucinations or imagine things that are not really there. There's no dog in the back yard—you're seeing things. I could have sworn the contract said we were entitled to a lower price, but I must have been seeing things.
See also: see, thing
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

seeing things

imagining that one sees someone or something that is not there. Lisa says that she saw a ghost, but she was just seeing things. I thought I was seeing things when Bill walked into the room. Someone had told me he was dead.
See also: seeing, thing
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

seeing things

Experiencing hallucinations or delusions, as in I thought I saw my father, but I must have been seeing things; he died twenty years ago . [First half of 1900s]
See also: seeing, thing
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ˈsee/ˈhear things

(informal) see/hear things that are not really there: So it was you that was playing the piano! I thought I was hearing things. ♢ (humorous) Tom’s washing the dishes — I must be seeing things!
See also: hear, see, thing
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References in classic literature ?
"He said he could see things in them," said Captain Jim slowly.
The theme of the event 'Reshaping Perceptions' is driven from the concept of 'seeing is believing', meaning that perceptions of people are made the way they see things. "Seeing things from one perspective, let's say negative side a picture for example' will make believe on the negative side of the picture of the story, and at the event the speakers from the industry will discuss the importance of changing people's way of seeing things and reshaping their perceptions, and how it is done," said UIT Director Dr Zahir Ali Syed.
The theme of the event 'Reshaping Perceptions' is driven from the concept of 'seeing is believing', meaning that perceptions of people are made the way they see things. 'Seeing things from one perspective, let's say negative side a picture for example' will make believe on the negative side of the picture of the story, and at the event the speakers from the industry will discuss the importance of changing people's way of seeing things and reshaping their perceptions, and how it is done,' said UIT Director Dr Zahir Ali Syed.
"We've had some really good, open dialogue about where I see things and how he sees things," Bjorn added.
It's nice to see a realistic assessment of the present state of Welsh rugby - to see things as they really are.
Another useful trait for a leader during uncertain and chaotic times is the ability to see things as they really are, rather than as we wish or believe them to be.
After spending most of a year writing about gay health issues, Shalit hopes that readers will see things his way too.