back of (one's) mind

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back of (one's) mind

Referring to something that one thinks of, but with little or no conscious or active consideration or reflection. Despite my success at work, there's always this worry in the back of my mind that I'm doing something wrong. You don't need to do anything about it now—just keep it in the back of your mind going forward.
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back of one's mind

The remote part of one's mind or memory, as in With the idea of quitting in the back of his mind, he turned down the next assignment. [c. 1900]
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I took the chance to ask ambassador Chan his stance on the economy, knowing that at the back of mind he doesn't want, if it can be avoided, being interviewed.
Tokyo 2020 is definitely not in the back of mind. It is in the front of my mind," Kipchoge told reporters here on Tuesday.
It's always been at the back of mind - 'where is Penny?'" He said he found the album when he was asked to attend a house fire.
"I still have to stay focused and put my ongoing injuries to the back of mind."
He said: "It was always in the back of mind it might go to penalties.
"Probably in the back of mind I thought I was going to win easily, but when my back was against the wall I played well."
I just have in the back of mind the fact he had a hard race three weeks ago, so I hope he is okay."
I know at the back of mind that at ten minutes to seven I will start to nod off, the alarm will ring and wake me up again, leaving me feeling groggy for the rest of the day.
lattice work, whispered through the monkish grate at back of mind by
They were absolutely first class with me but I had in the back of mind that they wanted their own people.
Yeah, it's always in the back of mind, but I usually know the feeling when I'm in the danger zone.
'Very early on in my international career I tried to just focus on myself and put selection to the back of mind,' said Corry' If I knew I was doing everything I possibly could I should be able to be comfortable with myself.