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
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.

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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