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long memory

A clear memory of events that happened long ago. My grandma has a long memory of her childhood in Russia. It's astonishing hearing how things were when she was young! I always have a long memory for people who disrespect me. Once you're in my bad books, you're there forever!
See also: long, memory

have a long memory

To have a clear memory of events that happened long ago. My grandma has a long memory of her childhood in Russia. It's astonishing hearing how things were when she was young! I always have a long memory for people who disrespect me. Once you're in my bad books, you're there forever!
See also: have, long, memory

memory lane

A set or series of memories of one's past life, likened to a roadway that one may visit or take a tour of. (Used primarily in the phrase "stroll/take a trip/walk etc. down memory lane.") My grandmother spends more time strolling down memory lane these days than conversing about the present. It was lovely finding our old photo albums and taking a trip down memory lane. To be quite honest, it's growing quite dull doing nothing but re-visiting memory lane when I get together with my high school friends.
See also: lane, memory

stroll down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time strolling down memory lane these days than talking about the present. Sarah: "How did your coffee date with John go?" Amy: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We strolled down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, stroll

walk down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time walking down memory lane these days than talking about the present. Sarah: "How did your coffee date with John go?" Amy: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We walked down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, walk

take a trip down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time taking trips down memory lane these days than talking about the present. Sarah: "How did your coffee date with John go?" Amy: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We took a trip down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, take, trip

take a walk down memory lane

To reminisce over memories of past events, especially happy ones. My grandmother spends more time taking walks down memory lane these days than talking about the present. Sarah: "How did your coffee date with John go?" Amy: "It was pretty amicable, actually. We took a walk down memory lane for a while, and then we went our separate ways."
See also: down, lane, memory, take, walk

commit (something) to memory

To make an effort to learn something; to memorize something. Everyone in our English class had to commit a poem to memory and then recite it before the class. I just can't seem to commit your phone number to memory!
See also: commit, memory

take a stroll down memory lane

To reminisce, especially about happy memories. Every so often I like to dig out my photo albums from college and take a stroll down memory lane.
See also: down, lane, memory, stroll, take

down memory lane

Considering a set or series of memories of one's past life, likened to a roadway that one may visit or take a tour of. (Used primarily in the phrase "stroll/take a trip/walk etc. down memory lane.") My grandmother spends more time strolling down memory lane these days than conversing about the present. It was lovely finding our old photo albums and taking a trip down memory lane.
See also: down, lane, memory

have a memory like a sieve

To be exceptionally forgetful or absentminded. I need to start getting more sleep at night, because lately I've had a memory like a sieve. John has a memory like a sieve—I had to leave him three separate reminders about the play tomorrow night!
See also: have, like, memory, sieve

have a memory like an elephant

To have an exceptional memory. A play on the idea that elephants have great memories. Mom has a memory like an elephant, so ask her what Joe's phone number is.
See also: elephant, have, like, memory

if memory serves

If my memory is correct. If memory serves, you were looking for a copy of his new book last time. Good news—we just got some in.
See also: if, memory, serve

in/within living memory

In a recent enough time as to be remembered by people who are alive today. (Usually used in negative statements.) There hasn't been a blizzard like this in living memory!
See also: living, memory, within

refresh (one's) memory

To remind one (about something); to help one to recall something. I'm sorry, I don't remember our discussion about that. You'll have to refresh my memory. You don't remember how much? Allow me to refresh your memory. You owe me $300.
See also: memory, refresh

jog (one's) memory

To cause someone to remember something. I tried jogging mom's memory, but she couldn’t remember Joe's phone number either.
See also: jog, memory

commit something to memory

to memorize something. Do we have to commit this poem to memory? The dress rehearsal of the play is tomorrow night. Please make sure you have committed all your lines to memory by that time.
See also: commit, memory

enshrine someone in one's heart

 and enshrine someone's memory in one's heart
Fig. to keep the memory of someone in a special place in one's heart or mind. Bob enshrined Jill's memory in his heart.
See also: enshrine, heart

freeze someone or something in one's memory

Fig. to preserve the image of someone or something in one's memory. I tried to freeze her in my memory so I would have her with me always. I froze the scene in my memory.
See also: freeze, memory

if my memory serves me correctly

Fig. if I have remembered it correctly... If my memory serves me correctly, you are the cousin of my closest friend.
See also: if, memory, serve

in memory of someone

to continue the good memories of someone; for the honor of a deceased person. Many streets were renamed in memory of John F. Kennedy. We planted roses in memory of my deceased father.
See also: memory, of

in recent memory

Fig. the period of time in which things are still remembered and discussed. Never in recent memory has there been this much snow! I haven't been this happy in recent memory!
See also: memory

jog someone's memory

Fig. to stimulate someone's memory to recall something. Hearing the first part of the song I'd forgotten really jogged my memory. DI tried to jog Bill's memory about our childhood antics.
See also: jog, memory

know something from memory

to have memorized something so that one does not have to consult a written version; to know something well from seeing it very often. (Almost the same as know something by heart.) Mary didn't need the script because she knew the play from memory. The conductor went through the entire concert without sheet music. He knew it from memory.
See also: know, memory

commit to memory

Learn by heart, memorize, as in The director insisted that the altos commit their part to memory by Tuesday. First recorded in 1875, this phrase today is often replaced by the shorter memorize.
See also: commit, memory

in memory of

As a reminder of or memorial to. For example, In memory of Grandma we put flowers on her grave every Easter, or In memory of our happy times here we've planted a little garden. [First half of 1300s]
See also: memory, of
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