leap to (someone's) mind

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leap to (someone's) mind

To suddenly or immediately materialize in someone's mind. A: "What would you like to have for dinner?" B: "I'm not sure, nothing's really leaping to mind." When it comes to crime thrillers, he's not a writer who leaps to most people's minds, but his books are edgy, brilliant page-turners.
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No particular favourite, but one that leaps to mind straight away is The Shawshank Redemption.
The one that leaps to mind most quickly is the bar association as a resource for the purchase of competitively priced health insurance for lawyers and their employees.
But when it comes to the ultimate Sunset fantasy, one word leaps to mind: Airstream.
If nothing leaps to mind, ask those around you about their concerns.
Keystone Kops leaps to mind, but this wouldn't be fair to the hard-working beat bobby who puts his life on the line, and has to rely on equipment totally inadequate for the job, bought by bosses who seem totally detached from reality.
citizen, might not be someone who leaps to mind when "American heroes" are mentioned.
But whether bidden or not, that is the phrase that leaps to mind at the sight.
See, for example, La Fournti (The Ant), 1953, a work recalling the opening of Jean de la Fontaine's rhyming fable known to all French children: "La Cigale et la fourmi ayant chante tout l'ete ..." again Bourgeois leaps to mind. Indeed, one could easily think of Richier as the bridge to Bourgeois, whose work, after all, has always sat uneasily amid the Constructivist aspects of Abstract Expressionist sculpture (typified, say, by David Smith), a discordance that long marginalized Bourgeois in the United States.
The phrase "ploughing your own furrow" leaps to mind.
Tory billionaire Peer Lord Ashcroft may not be the first person who leaps to mind as a star turn at a Labour party gathering.
THE GREAT ESCAPER: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ROGER BUSHELL, by Simon Pearson (Hodder and Stoughton, PS20, ebook PS10.99) ENTHRALLING - that is the word which leaps to mind in considering this marvellous story of RAF pilot Roger Bushell who emerges as one of the great - if unsung - heroes of the Second World World War.
When it comes to Florida produce, citrus always leaps to mind. Florida accounts for the lion's share of total U.S.
"Often with students, particularly in an urban setting, what leaps to mind is, 'I'm going to go to an emergency room because I think I have the flu,'" says Darr.
Nothing leaps to mind. Except, perhaps, the phone bill.
CREDIT where credit's due isn't a phrase that readily leaps to mind when one half of the Old Firm has it in for the other lot.