cross your 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 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.
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cross your mind

(of a thought or idea) occur to you, especially transiently.
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Wenger called for European football's governing body to punish the former Chelsea boss and his players if found guilty but admitted such action had occurred to him "You never say that it doesn't cross your mind, and you have to be completely honest about it," he said.
Did it ever cross your mind that the dog was being taken to the vets and that was the only way its owner could get him there?
And here is a reward for yourself after the Xmas break when you swore that those dark ruminations about possible fates for your aged relatives-in-law--and your wife's children by her first marriage would never cross your mind ever again.
But if you dip into savings or raise money elsewhere it might not cross your mind.
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Does it ever cross your mind that there may be a healthier alternative to guzzling gallons of brightly colored, sugary sport drinks?
Did it cross your mind that this girl had a crush on you?
The first question that's bound to cross your mind if you happen to be accosted by someone trying to push this snooty East Coast-rooted prep schoolyard activity as the newest hip, hot, happening sport is: Why?
The all-star lineup includes the usual serious twang contenders - Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Allison Moorer - but the best cuts come from outside the inner circle: Joan Osborne's cleanly beguiling ``Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,'' Sinead O'Connor's arterial ``Dagger Through the Heart'' and Meshell Ndegeocello's urbanized ``Two Doors Down.