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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A better idea popped into their heads: Why not make the gift themselves?
When Melinda Darlington-Bach and Cynthia Pepper (aka Xanadu Films of San Rafael, California) had to pitch some ideas to Sesame Street for dance segments that teach the alphabet (see Presstime News, Dance Magazine, January, page 48), it was the first thing that popped into their heads. To sell their idea, they created this photo as a prototype.