figment of the imagination


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All the figures which are reported on the number of centrifuges are the figment of the imagination of some foreign media," Araqchi said in a news conference on Thursday.
The perceived dawn, however, is a figment of the imagination.
Without Remember When, these memories would fade away or, in some cases, might be dismissed as a figment of the imagination, like the story of the Middlesbrough whale.
Once they are closely scrutinised, people realise that they are merely a figment of the imagination.
ISLAMABAD, January 17, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Pakistan on Sunday strongly rejected a report of Ms Christina Lamb in Sunday Times claiming that Elite US troops ready to combat Pakistani nuclear hijacks and termed it rubbish and figment of the imagination of the reporter.
There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper.
Talk of the presence of fanatic groups in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and that some fundamentalist groups have plotted terrorist attacks in this or that camp is a figment of the imagination, said Fatah representative in Lebanon Sultan Abul Einein, the Beirut daily AN NAHAR reported Sunday.
The Librarian was thought to be a mythical figure, someone who was a figment of the imagination until police discovered he, and his gun-lending business, were real.
The oil companies say it's all a figment of the imagination or it's just part of nature that happens every couple of million years or so.
The condition has confused scientists for years, with some clinicians dismissing it as a figment of the imagination.
THE PSYCHOSEXUAL games at the heart of the fascinating French thriller ``Red Lights'' may or may not be a figment of the imagination of the movie's milquetoast husband, Antoine (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), who drinks double whiskeys the way Britney Spears downs Red Bulls.