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.
The names just pop into my head and I go with then,'' Delandria Edwards said.
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.