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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.
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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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Only one terrible doubt sometimes crossed his mind: "Wasn't it all a dream?
Obviously her position was by no means so bad as he had feared, and it crossed his mind that she must somehow have claimed and sold the jewels to attain it.
It had once or twice crossed his mind that possibly there was some deficiency in Dorothea to account for the moderation of his abandonment; but he was unable to discern the deficiency, or to figure to himself a woman who would have pleased him better; so that there was clearly no reason to fall back upon but the exaggerations of human tradition.
It had crossed his mind, when Agnes left him, that he ought perhaps to have a witness, in the not very probable event of some alarming discovery taking place.
Hetty was not made unhappy; he almost believed that she liked him best; and the thought sometimes crossed his mind that the friendship which had once seemed dead for ever might revive in the days to come, and he would not have to say "good-bye" to the grand old woods, but would like them better because they were Arthur's.
Ejercito said the idea crossed his mind when he learned last year that his brother, former Senator k Jinggoy Estrada, will also run for the Senate.
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And, while the Blues speedster was born in Gloucestershire, he says playing for England, as he could have done if he so wished, never crossed his mind.
Summary: Harry Redknapp has said the thought of becoming the next England football manager has not crossed his mind.
Has it crossed his mind that, even though some expenses are apparently claimable under the new regime, those same claims may not go down too well with the general populace and that is what is holding the claims back?
ARSENE Wenger admits the idea of instructing his players to get themselves deliberately sent off has "crossed his mind".
IT'S the time of year when players don't need to look too hard for excuses to opt out of international duty - but Maik Taylor insists the thought never crossed his mind.
Chauffeur Martin Mac- Askill, 40, told the High Court in Edinburgh that the idea 'disgusted' him and had never crossed his mind.
Maybe the thought of international retirement only crossed his mind as he tries to settle -and help his family do likewise - in his new environment.