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.
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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

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.
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References in classic literature ?
But the thought never entered his mind of profiting by this accident; he had seen from the manner in which the arm was bent, and from the noise it made in bending, that the bone was fractured, and that the patient must be in great pain; and now he thought of nothing else but of administering relief to the sufferer, however little benevolent the man had shown himself during their short interview.
So great had been his happiness at seeing Meriem alive that, for the instant, no thought of jealousy had entered his mind.
It never entered his mind that it might be a star nor even that it might not be a star.
Until the prompt and secret action of the Fiscal took him by surprise, the idea of his being charged with the murder of his wife was an idea which we know, from his own statement, had never even entered his mind.
Some men easily trust in the readiness of friends; it had never in the former part of his life occurred to Lydgate that he should need to do so: he had never thought what borrowing would be to him; but now that the idea had entered his mind, he felt that he would rather incur any other hardship.
But Dunne says that has not entered his mind as he guns for glory this week at the Scottish.
He once said that giving Robredo a Cabinet position never entered his mind.
And Parry admitted dropping last season's 15-goal top scorer for the clash at the Banks's Stadium never entered his mind.
The England hopeful (right) admits dark thoughts entered his mind when he was recovering from his cruciate knee ligament injury and he even feared his career could have been over.
Izzy wrote in his own style and I suspect the ideas of spin-off titles, audio conferences, webinars or other ancillary products never entered his mind.
And as soon as Bruins center Ryan Hollins noticed Steele was going to go one-on-one with Afflalo, one thing entered his mind.
Father Spagnolia told me he had never heard such sexual pornography as he heard that day: things he had never thought of before, ideas that had never entered his mind.
Former Body Shop executive Mr John Jackson now chief executive of Sketchley said that doubt over what happened that September day in 1993, over lunch at Mr Bransons Holland Park home, had never entered his mind.
But Stott's lawyer told Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday that the fact stun guns could be misapplied and used for torture never entered his mind when he discussed the deal.