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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.
See also: call, mind, to
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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.
See also: call, mind, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: call, mind, to
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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Judging by the long gaps after every gag, audiences were expected to be splitting their sides with laughter, but the only animal this calls to mind is a turkey.
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It calls to mind how God speaks in Exodus 20--"I the Lord your God am a jealous God." It is not human agency but God's passion that will bring fulfillment to the people's hope.