at the back of (one's) mind

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at the back of (one's) mind

Present in one's thoughts or in one's attention, without ever being fully obscured by any other thoughts or considerations. Whenever I park in the city, the fear of being towed is always at the back of my mind.
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at the back of your mind

COMMON If something is at the back of your mind, you are aware of it, though it is not the main thing you are thinking about. It was not until they had eaten that Brigadier Ryle raised the subject that had been at the back of his mind throughout the meal. Always, at the back of my mind, was the fear that the depression might overcome me again.
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at the back of your mind

not consciously or specifically thought of or remembered but still part of your general awareness.
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It's probably the knowledge playing at the back of mind that these aren't professional actors after all and numerous other factors -- most significantly Eastwood sitting in the director's seat to guide them through -- that all comes together.
It's always been at the back of mind - 'where is Penny?
KARACHI -- Pakistan captain Imran Khan said that financial worries are causing trouble at the back of mind of the players ahead of Champions Trophy scheduled in India next month.
At the back of mind, I've always had doubts about his fidelity and I find it hard to trust him, although he's never given me reason to think he's strayed.
I tend not to let it bother me too much but I feel I'm snatching at things and trying too hard and at the back of mind I need to be relaxed and more composed in front of goal.
It's nice to have scored a couple of goals, it means it's not at the back of mind.
At the back of mind, however, is the hair-raising thought that when he bounds down the stairs on Saturday he'll want to remind us there's only 50 days left until Christmas.
Alloa are obviously at the back of mind but my main focus in the coming months is to help Camelon have a successful season and be among the silverware at the end of it.
I could never say for definite he was unfaithful, but it was always at the back of mind.