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call to mind

To cause one to think of or remember someone or something (which can be stated between "can" and "to" or after "mind"). 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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Successful deferred imitation relies on brain structures essential for declarative memory, the capacity for intentionally calling to mind specific facts and events, McDonough argues.
In his 1985 bueressante Kunst aus Westdeutschland (Interesting Art from West Germany), four bricks cemented together end-to-end droop awkwardly from a canvas covered in a beige wash, the earthy brown calling to mind Beuys while the protrusion visually puns on the cliched machismo of much German art exported abroad.
Produced by onetime Sheryl Crow and Michael Jackson collaborator Bill Bottrell, many of the 10 tracks here have a '60s Memphis feel, immediately calling to mind the sultry, strings-stoked atmosphere of Springfield's wonderful ``Dusty in Memphis.
The highly textured, moist earthen wall takes on a quality that can only be described as painterly, calling to mind Robert Rauschenberg's early monochromes or Anselm Kiefer's blasted landscapes.
His colleagues weren't surprised, calling to mind Moalem's rocky history in the profession.
This is a diary of activities, not emotions, calling to mind a journal by an upper-middle-class Victorian woman-the artist even distinguishes between dinner and dessert in her delicate, slightly pinched cursive.