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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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WHILE I have never been a great student of chaos theory, the thought crosses my mind this week that Sir Alex Ferguson's pitching of Dwight Yorke into the last 10 minutes of Saturday's FA Cup defeat at The Riverside might yet have farreaching consequences.
"Leaving is not something that crosses my mind," he said.
The 25-year-old striker revealed in an interview with an Argentinian newspaper: "It crosses my mind to hang up my boots if we win the World Cup, although I have a contract until 2014 (with Man City).
I bought him at the breeze-ups, and it crossed my mind that we could have an Ascot horse after his very first piece of work - mind you, it crosses my mind with a lot of horses and they don't all get there.
He revealed in an interview with Argentinian newspaper Ole: "It crosses my mind to hang up my boots if we win the World Cup."
Now I'm almost five years off the ciggies, it never even crosses my mind to start again - and it's had the same result for everyone I've passed the book on to.