enter one's mind

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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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His favourite bhajan or song " Vaishnava Jan To TeneKahiye" the essence of which is compassion, kindness and goodness for others, for once and for always, without letting pride enter one's mind. This captures the inner voice of the Mahatma," he said.
When one mentions Guimaras, an island province in Western Visayas, the first thing that would enter one's mind is its sweet mangoes.