flash into (one's) mind

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flash into (one's) mind

To be thought of in a quick or fleeting fashion. An image of my keys on the dining room table suddenly flashed into my mind, and I remembered where I'd left them.
See also: flash, mind
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

flash into one's mind

Fig. [for an idea or image] to enter one's mind for an instant. (See also flash through one's mind) A brilliant idea flashed into her mind, and she wrote it down. When the idea flashed into my mind, I closed my eyes and tried to forget it.
See also: flash, mind
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The half-scornful, half-earnest prophecy, to which he had listened years ago in a squalid African hut, flashed into his mind. For the first time he began to have dim apprehensions as to his future.
There flashed into his mind the picture of her mother, of the kiss of greeting, and of the pair of them walking toward him with arms entwined.
Yet during a shockingly brutal assault by three officers, that prospect flashed into his mind.
Suddenly images of connecting with Libby flashed into his mind, pressing her down on that desk in Venice.
He told the High Court in Glasgow that he began smothering Aaron when he was changing his nappy and memories of how his own father sexually abused him flashed into his mind.