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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Tales Of The Unexpected ITV, 1979-1988 GO on, what's the first thing that popped into your head when you read which programme we were looking at this week?
And once that thought has popped into your head, you then have to go through with the practicalities of it.