cross one's mind

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]
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This quip did not endear him to the conservative element, but it does cross one's mind when reading of poor nepos with his trials and tribulations.
Also early in the novel a certain vague resemblance between Oskar in The Tin Drum and Engelbert may cross one's mind, though the impression does not last.