woolgather


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wool·gath·er

 (wo͝ol′găth′ər)
intr.v. wool·gath·ered, wool·gath·er·ing, wool·gath·ers
To engage in fanciful daydreaming.

[From the practice of wandering areas where sheep graze to gather tufts of wool caught on vegetation .]

wool′gath′er·er n.
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Verb1.woolgather - have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy
conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine - form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case; "Can you conceive of him as the president?"
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woolgather

verb
To experience dreams or daydreams:
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