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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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
Certainly no such whimsical idea crossed my mind when I dropped the letter, but between you and me and my night-socks, which have all this time been airing by the fire because I am subject to cold feet, I have sometimes toyed with it since.
But I can truthfully say that during the last three years no thought of one of them has crossed my mind.
While he was putting up the other cast and coming down from the chair, the thought crossed my mind that all his personal jewellery was derived from like sources.
At the instant when she put the question, the idea crossed my mind that Mrs.
While away on my cruises on the bay, I took no drink along; and while out on the bay the thought of the desirableness of a drink never crossed my mind.
It crossed my mind when you're seeing darts a metre from your feet and golf balls you think: Is my health worth this, just for a game of football?
Suicide has never crossed my mind, first because it is not the answer to any problem.
He said: "I'd be lying if I said facing Celtic hasn't crossed my mind and we'd certainly feel that we could have a fair crack at anybody in a one–off game.
Asked if he will contemplate quitting the club, if there are no assurances of fresh squad investment either from Lerner or a potential new owner, Lambert, who still has one year left on his current contract, replied: "No, that's never crossed my mind.
It's crossed my mind, but I've never come to the point yet where I think 'that's it'.
I've been honest that it has crossed my mind on a couple of occasions but being the captain and the buzz I get for England outweighs the thoughts of knocking it on the head.
It had crossed my mind (that we had thrown the game away).
It crossed my mind that we might not score again - and, of course, that we might still lose the game.
THE thought crossed my mind when I read Tom Palmer's incendiary comments ahead of yesterday's pivotal Six Nations clash with France at Twickenham that maybe the England lock was being guilty of a spot of wishful thinking.
6 : to occur to <The thought never crossed my mind.