back of one's mind

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]
See also: back, mind, of
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No human being can keep permanently afraid: fear goes at last to the back of one's mind, accepted, and shelved, and done with.
As someone who gets nervous merely at the thought of cooking a simple meal for myself it's hard to imagine the intense pressure of maintaining world class dining standards with the threat of slipping a level always at the back of one's mind.
Given Delaney's attraction to the yellow/orange slice of the spectrum, it is hard not to have van Gogh's sunflowers somewhere in the back of one's mind as one absorbs his paintings' energy.
This is most apparent in a color palette that cannot be labeled artificial or natural, but instead suggests what might be found at the back of one's mind.
Given the number of deaths on mountains, it always occupies a space in the back of one's mind.
It's hard to comprehend how one could concentrate whole-heartedly on beginning a career with monetary worries always in the back of one's mind.
Often, it's a case of waiting for the right opportunity to realise an idea that's been at the back of one's mind for literally years.
It may be just a flash or a lingering thought in the back of one's mind, but stereotypes have an impression on us before the actual person does.
If we think about it, it requires an intellectual effort equal to the length of reflection to mentally picture a large amount of water instead of Saint-Tropez; to tell oneself that there is nothing but the sea where Saint-Tropez is; to chase away the photographic images in the back of one's mind.
It may be in the back of one's mind or a premeditated plan just waiting for the right situation.
In the back of one's mind, there's that possibility that something could go wrong, but you never think it's going to happen to you.
One look at the state of the euro-obsessed Conservative party would suggest that putting the euro to the back of one's mind is a wise thing to do.
So it's easy for those invisible grams of carbon to slip to the back of one's mind.