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bring

An onomatopoeia representing the sound of a telephone ringing. "Bring, bring!" went the telephone in the hallway. I knew it had to be the doctor calling with my test results.

bring to mind

To cause one to think of or remember someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "to." Can we go somewhere else for dinner? That place just brings my ex-girlfriend to mind. That song brings to mind many fond memories of my childhood.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bring to mind

Cause to be remembered, as in The film brought to mind the first time I ever climbed a mountain. This idiom, first recorded in 1433, appears in Robert Burns's familiar "Auld Lang Syne" (1788), in which the poet asks if old times should never be brought to mind. Also see come to mind.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bring/call somebody/something to ˈmind

remind you of somebody/something: Her paintings bring to mind hot summer days in Provence.
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bring

/call to mind
1. To remember (something): tried to bring to mind their happy times together.
2. To cause (something) to be remembered or thought of; evoke: "[The county's] flight from creditors brings to mind a restaurant diner who declines to pay for a meal because he overate" (Roger Lowenstein). "a voice that calls to mind a flower wavering in the breeze" (Neil Strauss).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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