I was caught with the phrase, ‘I was thinking well past it,’ appearing in May 25’s New York Times’ article, titled “How I fell for Lisbon.”
The text reads:
I met Lisbon in a snit. I was exhausted and impatient and thinking well past it, to the northern Portugal city of Oporto and the wine country nearby, my ultimate destination and real interest.
I understand ‘think well past it’ here means that the author’s thought jumped to Oporto, skipping Lisbon.
As I was unfamiliar with the expression, “think past something.” I looked for it in the headword of ‘think’ in Cambridge, Oxford online dictionary and OALD. None of them registers “think past something.”
I think I was confused with the insertion of ‘well’ between ‘think’ and ‘past,’ which can be interpreted both ways of ‘think well’ and ‘well past’
Is “think past something” an idiom like ‘go past (oneself)’, or a plain verb ＋ adverb combination?