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free-associate

(frē′ə-sō′sē-āt′, -shē-)
intr.v. free-associ·ated, free-associ·ating, free-associ·ates
To engage in free association.
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Free-associating is an important form of labor: impossible to measure yet extremely productive--of dreams, brilliant or banal thoughts, and other things.
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For those unfamiliar with Padgett's work, his poems often range from insouciance to tender intimacy, usually by way of a free-associating use of image, narrative, and metaphor.
Rejecting a chronological, and-then-I-wrote structure, Laurents fashions a free-associating, time-scrambled narrative.
Maybe it's the gratuitous know-nothing way Disney puts the myth through a blender, not just free-associating all sorts of story elements (Hera his mom?
He tries to open her memory by bringing her fruits and vegetables, but when she talks about eating or cooking them rather than free-associating about depths, he becomes discouraged.
Amorfiaana (1986), her punning, hectically free-associating first novel, is oblivious to traditional literary proprieties: chronology, coherence, good taste, the commitment to meaning.
It's the sort of gag Robin Williams in his prime would have appreciated, and no doubt run with, prompting the thought that, at his insane free-associating best, Williams doing 20 minutes of in-character riffing would have been the greatest possible "adaptation" of "The Cat in the Hat.
Trouble is, his three employees - flirtatious, vocabulary-flashing Vivian (Glenne Headly); slovenly, free-associating depressive Ernie (Maury Chaykin); and self-styled ladies man Rocky (Joe Piscopo), who, for reasons the story never makes good on, sits in a ridiculous electronic chair - can't handle the added workload.