pop into (someone's) head

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pop into (someone's) head

To occur or form suddenly in someone's mind, as a thought, idea, or revelation. The idea for this new model of car just popped into my head as I was driving home last night. I had been struggling to remember her name throughout the evening, but it only popped into my head the next morning.
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Something will pop into my head and I will write it down.
I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with answer, but it hadn't yet .
The names just pop into my head and I go with then,'' Delandria Edwards said.
While actively listening and taking notes, I could not help but be reminded of my eleven-year-old daughter in addition to having several pictures pop into my head of my students, now in high school, when they were in middle school.
Besides the sexually oriented questions, the survey also asked if the youngsters had bad dreams or nightmares, if they felt lonely or angry, or if ``scary ideas or pictures just pop into my head.
Other questions asked if youngsters had bad dreams or nightmares, if they felt lonely or angry, or if ``scary ideas or pictures just pop into my head.