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spring to mind

To suddenly or immediately appear, materialize, or come to the forefront in one's mind. A: "What would you like to have for dinner?" B: "I'm not sure, nothing's really springing to mind." When it comes to crime thrillers, he's not a writer who springs to most people's minds, but his books are edgy, brilliant page turners.
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come/spring to ˈmind

if something comes or springs to mind, you suddenly remember or think of it: ‘Have you any suggestions?’ ‘Nothing springs to mind, I’m afraid.’Just say whatever comes to mind — it doesn’t matter.
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But everyone knows that when you say the words estate cars, big and boxy spring to mind.
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In a pair of unflattering denim jeans teamed with a vibrant royal blue, sparkling corset and jewelled choker, Lowri looks suspiciously over-done -the words ``mutton'', ``dressed as'' and ``lamb'' spring to mind.
When you think of today's most innovative directors, the name Peter Jackson doesn't usually spring to mind.
I know Robson has a history of making unexpected big-name signings - Juninho, Emerson, Ravenelli spring to mind - but I just can't see Jimmy-Floyd adding his name to that list.