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call to mind

To cause one to think of or remember someone or something (which can be stated between "can" and "to" or after "mind"). Can we go somewhere else for dinner? That place just calls my ex-girlfriend to mind. That song calls to mind many fond memories of my childhood.
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call something to mind

 and bring something to mind
to bring something into someone's mind; to cause something to be remembered. Your comment calls something unpleasant to mind. This photo album calls our vacation to mind.
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call to mind

Remember, recall, as in I've tried but I can't call his name to mind. This idiom was first recorded in 1472.
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bring/call somebody/something to ˈmind

remind you of somebody/something: Her paintings bring to mind hot summer days in Provence.
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It called to mind a similar neologism uttered by a colleague who wanted to emphasize the genuineness of his words: "Alden, I am really sincerious about this.
Taken with the composition of the canvases--in which monochrome bands emanate like the rays of the sun from two distinctly discordant vanishing points--the color choices called to mind neo-Impressionist methods that plumbed the "inherent" emotional values of line and color.
The chair in the proposed sculpture called to mind large stuffed chairs on the sidewalk that call attention to furniture stores in the San Fernando Valley, officials said.
Slightly lower-brow was Strawberries Need Rain (Afterdark Photocollage), 2003, which called to mind one of the great conundrums of the period--how to visually represent an acid trip--and commemorated what can be seen in retrospect as the period's official fruit (think "Strawberry Fields Forever," the Strawberry Alarm Clock, etc.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OF CD: Until now, back issues of National Geographic inevitably called to mind doctors' waiting rooms and musty storage boxes.
Momentum returned, however, with a tasty segue into the intriguing ``album alternative'' and college radio staples ``Eat for Two,'' ``Wonder'' and ``Carnival,'' and a carnival version of 10,000 Maniacs' ``These Are Days,'' led by a honking trombone solo that called to mind B-52's-style nuttiness.