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English definition of “be hearing/imagining/seeing things”

be hearing/imagining/seeing things

informal
to think you are experiencing something that is not really happening : I'm sure I saw my glasses on this table , but they're not here now. I must have been seeing things.Dreaming Grammar:Thing and stuffGrammar:ThingWe use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing.Grammar:StuffStuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.
(Definition of be hearing/imagining/seeing things from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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