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come to mind

To suddenly or immediately materialize in one's mind. A: "What would you like to have for dinner?" B: "I'm not sure, nothing's really coming to mind." He's not a writer who comes to mind when you think of crime thrillers, but his books are edgy, brilliant page-turners.
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come to mind

Fig. [for a thought or idea] to enter into one's consciousness or be remembered. Do I know a good barber? No one comes to mind right now. Another idea comes to mind. Why not check in the phone book?
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come to mind

Be recollected, occur to one, as in A new idea just came to mind. This phrase replaced the earlier come in mind, which dates from the late 1300s. Also see bring to mind; call to mind; enter one's mind.
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