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as in:  can’t fathom

When I look at the shift my life has made in the past eight months, I can’t fathom what my life will be eight months from now.
Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
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fathom fathomed fathomable fathoming
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  • When I look at the shift my life has made in the past eight months, I can’t fathom what my life will be eight months from now.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • He couldn’t fathom why WICKED felt it was so important to keep their minds clean of memory.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • He still had trouble fathoming the path his life had suddenly taken, nor could he reconcile it with the life he once had lived.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "It was quite a shock to see you two on the front page of every paper," she said, shaking her head like she couldn’t fathom how it had happened.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • I couldn’t fathom how a bear had gotten into the cage, only that I needed to get away from it, so I pressed myself hard against the bars.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Some small part of me probably fathomed what he intended, and yet I simply watched the scene like a disinterested spectator, whose instant glint of prescience is somehow self-fulfilling.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Someone stabbed a dead body for reasons only the insane can fathom.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Most of her customers couldn’t fathom how a teenage girl could be the best mechanic in the city, and she never broadcast the reason for her talent.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • She may not have been immortal anymore, but she still had a grace and easiness about her that I could not fathom.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Her avoidance of me after the wedding was another trick, the meaning of which is too deep for me to fathom.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • How we had managed to escape a whipping we couldn’t fathom until Saturday, when Mama woke us before dawn and piled us into the wagon.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • It’s hard for her to fathom.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • And the fact that he feels enough regret about it to turn it into some cryptic tattoo is really beyond any guesses I could fathom at this point.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I zipped back to the kitchen again, breathing like a dragon, unable to fathom the game I was playing, unable to figure out what exactly was happening.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Many nights I lay awake in the shower of straw dust from the mattress above, trying to fathom the marvel of supply lavished upon us.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I certainly don’t accuse her, for from the point of view of hindsight her untruths seem fathomable beyond need of apology.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I COULDN’T QUITE FATHOM that I was leaving New York.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Something I cannot fathom.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • But he just couldn’t fathom how such a structure could have been built.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • REBECCA: I cannot fathom that.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • No factions? A world in which no one knows who they are or where they fit? I can’t even fathom it.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Full of blood and violence—but also full of stories that are equally difficult to fathom.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Well, I do not know that this place contains any secret which we have not already fathomed.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He couldn’t quite fathom not talking to Clary one last time before he died—he couldn’t even remember the last words they’d exchanged.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I wish I could fathom his mind.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Can anyone fathom the workings of a drunken man’s mind?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The page of life that was spread out before me seemed dull and commonplace only because I had not fathomed its deeper import.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They look at me strangely as if trying to fathom what could have happened back then, though I seldom bother to explain.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • You never know exactly what their intent is, or if you have fathomed it correctly.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • That also I could fathom.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • In his wildest dreams, Langdon could not fathom why.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I cannot fathom why he was so insistent and so convinced.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • In some way he was unable to fathom, he was convinced he had done him some unforgivable wrong.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But tonight, for a reason we cannot fathom, we wish it were possible to us to know the likeness of our own person.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • That someone could have the face of one country and the voice of another and then move to a third was too incredible for me to fathom.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Another anchor was got ready and dropped in a fathom and a half of water.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Being weightless is a sensation hard to fathom when you’ve been an Earthling all your life.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Stupidly, with a kind of smug removal that I can’t begin to fathom, I assumed that the problems of killing and dying did not fall within my special province.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • For the ways of elephants are beyond the wit of any man, black or white, to fathom.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • Suddenly he blundered into the open, found himself again in that open space—and there was the fathom-wide grin of the skull, no longer ridiculing a deep blue patch of sky but jeering up into a blanket of smoke.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I cannot fathom or define their meaning any more than I can fathom or define love or religion or goodness.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Aramis said that as these sorts of affairs were mysterious, it was better not to fathom them.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He had three forty-fathom coils of line in reserve now, as .
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • She read it again before she went to bed that night, trying to fathom the coincidence, and read it again the next morning as if to make sure the whole thing wasn’t a dream.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • I couldn’t fathom why he would.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The result had been a steady flow of pointless turnovers and no small amount of laughter from rival players and parents who couldn’t fathom how kids playing organized soccer could be so ignorant of such basic rules.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He occasionally tried to fathom a comrade with seductive sentences.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Jace couldn’t imagine why, but he’d long ago given up trying to fathom why his father did anything.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • As with the other ancients, I cannot fathom her reasons.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Office of the Pope, Langdon thought, having difficulty fathoming that he was standing outside one of the most sacred rooms in all of world religion.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
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