enter (one's) mind

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enter (one's) mind

To occur to one suddenly. After that idea entered my mind, I was able to alter the experiment and finally achieve some success.
See also: enter, mind
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

enter one's mind

Fig. [for an idea or memory] to come into one's consciousness; to be thought of. Leave you behind? The thought never even entered my mind. A very interesting idea just entered my mind. What if I ran for Congress?
See also: enter, mind
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

enter one's mind

Also, enter one's head. Occur to one, come into one's consciousness. This expression is most often used negatively, as in It didn't enter my mind that he'd want to join us, or Run for office? It never entered my head.
See also: enter, mind
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Then, as they chanced to enter his mind, he conceived a desire to play with them again, and, having nothing better to do than satisfy the first whim which possessed him, he rose and started across the plain from the forest in which he had spent the preceding day.
McIlroy missed the cut at last week's US Open but he's adamant thoughts of remedying it in the third Major of the season won't enter his mind in Ayrshire.
The 43-year-old, who married Oscar-winning British actress Rachel Weisz earlier this year, said the differences between suave Bond and the gritty Wild West character did not enter his mind during filming.
"It would never enter his mind to do anything wrong, never ever.
But Hughes, a former international teammate and manager of Bellamy, is only interested in his on-field skills and said his background did not even enter his mind when he swooped to snatch him from Everton's grasp.
And scariest of all, I doubt if he has let any doubts enter his mind for a long time.