pop into (someone's) head

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pop into (someone's) head

To occur or form suddenly in someone's mind, as a thought, idea, or revelation. The idea for this new model of car just popped into my head as I was driving home last night. I had been struggling to remember her name throughout the evening, but it only popped into my head the next morning.
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That's the first one that popped into my head! It's proper retro.
The Drogheda United keeper (inset) said: "The first thing I thought when came around was to move my hands and feet - it genuinely popped into my head that I could be paralysed.
That's the question that popped into my head when I was invited to accompany a DEC wildlife biologist and herpetologists from the Buffalo and Seneca Park Zoos to photograph them stocking these creatures into a local stream.
"For the past two years I have been working on the album, writing, recording and creating, beginning from the very early stages of me sitting at the piano in my room, working out chord structures and writing down lyrics as they popped into my head.
She says: The chorus actually popped into my head when I woke up.
While writing about his thoughts, Patrick wrote: "When my doctors at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles said the words 'pancreatic cancer,' a single thought popped into my head: I'm a dead man.
RECENTLY, facing a pile of work projects, and feeling distinctly uninspired (the mental "cupboard" felt almost bare), the gentle words popped into my head, "You are not alone".
Unaccountably, the old joke popped into my head as I pictured him, pin-striped breeks at his ankles, the member risen and not on a point of order.
Venus said: "Five titles, that's the first thing that popped into my head.
It was just the name that popped into my head and I stuck to it."
The thought to run the competition just popped into my head,' he said.
That line popped into my head on Saturday as I saw Fulke Johnson Houghton step up to the podium at The Curragh to accept the prize after bringing Beaver Patrol to the boil to land the Tattersalls Ireland Sales Stakes and, with it, a whopping EUR147,000 for the owner.
Which is what popped into my head while I was talking with Ken Campbell, the president and CEO of Calimetrics, Inc.
"An idea just popped into my head," says Hyde, who is the superintendent of grounds and landscaping in Jackson, Tennessee, a community of 52,000 a few miles northeast of Memphis.