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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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At the same time, it's healthier that, as teens, not every thought that crosses one's mind or everything that happens in school needs to be communicated to the parents.
The first thought that crosses one's mind is not to get late for work or for that important meeting with the manager.
Put together with the various derelict buildings throughout the village, it crosses one's mind that the local authority, Tynedale District Council, is running the village down.
It crosses one's mind that if you can do this to an animal, it's just a short step to doing something horrid to a fellow human being.
The geometry of saying and doing whatever crosses one's mind for the delectation of whoever happens to be logged on frees up a fair amount of thoughts and actions.