“I think you will hear things soon that will set you thinking,” he said.
A woman like that is apt to see and hear things which do not exist.
The night was so quiet you could hear things plain from a long ways off.
"You will hear things from others which I can't tell you and then you will understand," he said.
I don't know exactly, but through a friend you just hear things like that.
Those who use them see or hear things other people do not normally hear or see.
But it is quite true about the ground being the place to hear things.
If you'd spend more time in Boston, you'd at least hear things straight.
You see the world, and you hear things which you do not hear otherwise.
I hear things, though I am lyin' up; but I heard before, too.
Old English þing "meeting, assembly," later "entity, being, matter" (subject of deliberation in an assembly), also "act, deed, event, material object, body, being," from Proto-Germanic *thengan "appointed time" (cf. Old Frisian thing "assembly, council, suit, matter, thing," Middle Dutch dinc "court-day, suit, plea, concern, affair, thing," Dutch ding "thing," Old High German ding "public assembly for judgment and business, lawsuit," German ding "affair, matter, thing," Old Norse þing "public assembly"). Some suggest an ultimate connection to PIE root *ten- "stretch," perhaps on notion of "stretch of time for a meeting or assembly."
For sense evolution, cf. French chose, Spanish cosa "thing," from Latin causa "judicial process, lawsuit, case;" Latin res "affair, thing," also "case at law, cause." Old sense is preserved in second element of hustings and in Icelandic Althing, the nation's general assembly.
Used colloquially since c.1600 to indicate things the speaker can't name at the moment, often with various meaningless suffixes, e.g. thingumbob (1751), thingamajig (1824). Southern U.S. pronunciation thang attested from 1937. The thing "what's stylish or fashionable" is recorded from 1762. Phrase do your thing "follow your particular predilection," though associated with hippie-speak of 1960s is attested from 1841.
To have delusions of hearing; hear voices: she's hearing things again
[1991, but certainly must be earlier]
A track-and-field athlete: Local thinclads prepare for state meet (1940s+)