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spring to mind

To suddenly or immediately appear, materialize, or come to the forefront in one's mind. A: "What would you like to have for dinner?" B: "I'm not sure, nothing's really springing to mind." When it comes to crime thrillers, he's not a writer who springs to most people's minds, but his books are edgy, brilliant page turners.
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come/spring to ˈmind

if something comes or springs to mind, you suddenly remember or think of it: ‘Have you any suggestions?’ ‘Nothing springs to mind, I’m afraid.’Just say whatever comes to mind — it doesn’t matter.
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Wurtz, and Richard Artschwager also spring to mind, as do a number of Meadows' fellow UCLA grads (among them Liz Craft, Evan Holloway, and Brandon Lattu).
The trainer has excelled of late with his foreign imports - Falbrav, Salselon and Starcraft spring to mind - and the ex-French-trained entire ran a blinder on his first start for him at Ripon last month.
In a pair of unflattering denim jeans teamed with a vibrant royal blue, sparkling corset and jewelled choker, Lowri looks suspiciously over-done -the words ``mutton'', ``dressed as'' and ``lamb'' spring to mind. Rather than squeezing into this bodice, she looks like she's been shoe- horned in as she prepares to tuck into a meal prepared by the D-list celebrities who are chopping, cursing and weeping their way through Gordon's kitchen regime.
Sledgehammer and nut are just two words that spring to mind.
Gretna are supposed to be on big money but, having seem them twice this season, over and paid are two words that spring to mind.
Moderate horses and a monotonous amount of racing spring to mind. There is already far too much racing.
Two examples from the photographic arena immediately spring to mind: Brassai's humorous photographs of Picasso and his friends in his studio at the rue des Grands Augustins, taken during the Nazi occupation of Paris, and Cecil Beaton's elegant postwar London photographs, including one of a fashion model in front of a bombed-out ruin.
THERE are bets and there are special bets and a number of the latter spring to mind for this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals.
But when he does finally sit down and think about it there are two words which should spring to mind -Jermain Defoe.
But the words "pot" and "kettle" spring to mind when you consider she owes her fame to raunchy outfits.
woman, easy target and hypocritical spring to mind.
Does any picture spring to mind? The Blitz,Iraq, well thinkagain.
BUILDERS' bums do not spring to mind as any musician's muse, but for one man they were the inspiration for a whole show.
When we see the White House and Empire State Building destroyed by aliens in Independence Day, the atrocity of September 11, 2001, will spring to mind.