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call to mind

To cause one to think of or remember someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "to." Can we go somewhere else for dinner? That place just calls my ex-girlfriend to mind. That song calls to mind many fond memories of my childhood.
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call something to mind

 and bring something to mind
to bring something into someone's mind; to cause something to be remembered. Your comment calls something unpleasant to mind. This photo album calls our vacation to mind.
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call to mind

Remember, recall, as in I've tried but I can't call his name to mind. This idiom was first recorded in 1472.
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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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Alvaro Pintos grabbed an 84th- minute winner for Cerro and was sent off for gestures to the Nacional fans that called to mind the name of the Peruvian side mentioned above.
But who could have anticipated that the president's remarks would have called to mind that great, prehistoric proto-American, Fred Flintstone?
It called to mind a similar neologism uttered by a colleague who wanted to emphasize the genuineness of his words: "Alden, I am really sincerious about this."
Taken with the composition of the canvases--in which monochrome bands emanate like the rays of the sun from two distinctly discordant vanishing points--the color choices called to mind neo-Impressionist methods that plumbed the "inherent" emotional values of line and color.
Slightly lower-brow was Strawberries Need Rain (Afterdark Photocollage), 2003, which called to mind one of the great conundrums of the period--how to visually represent an acid trip--and commemorated what can be seen in retrospect as the period's official fruit (think "Strawberry Fields Forever," the Strawberry Alarm Clock, etc.).
If the dead tree in the white cube called to mind the living organism growing somewhere outside, Dead Tree also embodied the physical absence of its author.