mind's eye

the hypothetical site of visual recollection or imagination: In her mind's eye she saw the city as it had been in Caesar's time.

1375–1425; late Middle English

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mind's eye
the visual memory or the imagination

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Example sentences
Use your mind's eye to see it as it once was, thick with pomegranates and roses.
But what looked great in the mind's eye flopped in reality, searing my soul
  with its shortcomings.
In my mind's eye the concept looked brilliant, but in reality it was all too
  fussy and totally unreadable.
But the yardage-the prints in her mind's eye-was still missing.
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