leap to (someone's) mind

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leap to (someone's) mind

To suddenly or immediately materialize in someone's mind. A: "What would you like to have for dinner?" B: "I'm not sure, nothing's really leaping to mind." When it comes to crime thrillers, he's not a writer who leaps to most people's minds, but his books are edgy, brilliant page-turners.
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The television show that leaps to mind is Father Ted and the song is, of course, Papa Don't Preach.
ONE phrase leaps to mind - "street angel and house devil".
There may be a high proportion of terraces and council houses but poverty-stricken is not a phrase that leaps to mind.
Tory billionaire Peer Lord Ashcroft may not be the first person who leaps to mind as a star turn at a Labour party gathering.
The phrase "ploughing your own furrow" leaps to mind.
citizen, might not be someone who leaps to mind when "American heroes" are mentioned.
Keystone Kops leaps to mind, but this wouldn't be fair to the hard-working beat bobby who puts his life on the line, and has to rely on equipment totally inadequate for the job, bought by bosses who seem totally detached from reality.
99) ENTHRALLING - that is the word which leaps to mind in considering this marvellous story of RAF pilot Roger Bushell who emerges as one of the great - if unsung - heroes of the Second World World War.
Often with students, particularly in an urban setting, what leaps to mind is, 'I'm going to go to an emergency room because I think I have the flu,'" says Darr.
CREDIT where credit's due isn't a phrase that readily leaps to mind when one half of the Old Firm has it in for the other lot.
It is also surprising that a few more MA and PhD theses were not utilized; Kurt Korneski's 2004 Memorial University PhD dissertation, "Liberalism in Winnipeg, 1890s-1920s," leaps to mind in this regard.
Other conductors - Osmo Vnsk in Sibelius leaps to mind, then there was the Tak[sz]cs Quartet doing Beethoven in the Wigmore Hall, and there are a lot of very promising young singers coming up - more so than a generation ago.
Now Germany is not the first destination that leaps to mind for second home seekers despite the accessibility and value for money.
That's one question that leaps to mind as baseball's new favorite ``C'' word is bandied about by team executives, columnists and editorialists amid the Milton Bradley-Jeff Kent feud.
The question that leaps to mind when visiting Allies and Morrison's new offices in Southwark, is why does this not look like an Allies and Morrison building?