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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Don't you love those vivid images that, though they may not be there any other time of the year, pop into our heads fresh as if they'd happened yesterday when the time is right?
We all have a tendency to give up if the information doesn't pop into our heads instantly.