cross (one's) mind

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cross (one's) mind

To be thought of by one. Take time to form your response to the interviewer—don't just blurt out the first thing that crosses your mind. I haven't thought of my high school English teacher in years, so I'm not sure why she crossed my mind today.
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cross one's mind

Also, pass through one's mind. Suddenly occur to one, as in It never crossed my mind that they would turn the proposal down, or It passed through her mind that he might have gotten lost. [Mid-1700s]
See also: cross, mind
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cross your mind

COMMON If something crosses your mind, you suddenly think of it. It crossed my mind that she might be lying about her age. I certainly didn't think of leaving. The idea never crossed my mind. It didn't even cross my mind that I might not win this fight.
See also: cross, mind
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cross your mind

(of a thought or idea) occur to you, especially transiently.
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cross somebody’s ˈmind

(often used in negative sentences) (of a thought, etc.) come into somebody’s mind for a short time: He intended to marry her and the thought never crossed his mind that she might refuse.It had crossed my mind that I hadn’t seen her for a long time so I decided to ring her.
See also: cross, mind
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cross (one's) mind

To come to know; realize: It crossed my mind that you might want to leave early.
See also: cross, mind
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"Oh, very much so indeed, my Lady!" the Professor hastily replied, unconsciously rubbing his ear, while some painful recollection seemed to cross his mind. "I was very forcibly struck by His Magnificence, I assure you!"
He said it didn't cross his mind to be part of the senatorial line-up of the administration party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Ramadani says that it does not cross his mind to withdraw as he has the support of believers.
Did it ever cross his mind that the person in question might not have a lifetime history of such cases and such instances might have occurred since the position of receptionist was taken?
The 27-year-old was hurt diving into a challenge in the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2004 qualifier against Russia last week, and admitted that the worst possible scenario did cross his mind.