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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.
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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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I stood still, therefore, and cast about for some method of escape; and as I was so thinking, the recollection of my pistol flashed into my mind. As soon as I remembered I was not defenceless, courage glowed again in my heart and I set my face resolutely for this man of the island and walked briskly towards him.
They seemed to me so impossibly old, and the image flashed into my mind of a nursery rhyme book illustration I had seen of 'the little old woman who lived in a shoe'.
On my dressing table, as I glued each card in a pattern, waves of thoughts and memories flashed into my mind. I realised what overwhelming bliss it has brought me, as I speak to my children and other people who are so dear to me across the miles.
It flashed into my mind that this must be just a fraction of what those long-haul passengers must have endured in the 9/11 attacks on New York."
When I first held this book in my hands a visceral memory of holding Bernard Tschumi's Questions of Space flashed into my mind. Indeed Novel Tectonics seems to have just as an ambitious point of departure as Tschumi's little book.
"Suddenly her voice flashed into my mind, smiling as I'd won Stars In Their Eyes.