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.
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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.
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cross (one's) mind

To come to know; realize: It crossed my mind that you might want to leave early.
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The idea of a duel had never crossed her mind, and so she put a different interpretation on this passing expression of hardness.
Such an idea had crossed her mind more than once during the past fortnight, and it flashed to and fro this mellow October morning when Rebecca came into the room with her arms full of goldenrod and flaming autumn leaves.
Geraldine Gilligan said her husband was a gambler who won huge amounts of cash and that it never crossed her mind that he might be doing something illegal.
Asking God why she got breast cancer was nor something that ever crossed her mind, said Bishop Matthews.
Although no discussions have been conducted, Shuler said that the idea of a Joffrey engagement had crossed her mind, as well as the possibility of welcoming more companies based outside of New York.
(I'm sure that the thought has never crossed her mind that it would be better for her if Bush won in 2004, leaving her a clear field in 2008.)"
``It's certainly something that has crossed her mind but she's not made any decisions about it and won't be pressured into doing so.'' Freeman took a long break after the pressure of competing at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney but returned to win 400m relay gold at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
It doesn't seem to have crossed her mind that this may be explained by factors other than age.
"Putting an end to it all crossed her mind more than once during that dreadful period", one friend said.
No doubt it will have crossed her mind that we're used by now to the shocking sight of horribly bruised and battered old ladies after a stay in hospital.
Apparently suggesting to her daughter she has nothing more to do with the idle waster never once crossed her mind.