cross one's mind

cross one's mind

Also, pass through one's mind. Suddenly occur to one, as in It never crossed my mind that they would turn the proposal down, or It passed through her mind that he might have gotten lost. [Mid-1700s]
See also: cross, mind
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This quip did not endear him to the conservative element, but it does cross one's mind when reading of poor nepos with his trials and tribulations.
Also early in the novel a certain vague resemblance between Oskar in The Tin Drum and Engelbert may cross one's mind, though the impression does not last.