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suggest itself to someone

[for an idea] to seem to present itself to someone. A new scheme suggested itself to Alice as she looked at the records of the last attempt. As you read this, does anything suggest itself to you?
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suggest something to someone

to make a suggestion of something to someone. The waiter suggested the roast beef to all his customers. What did you suggest to the people at the other table? They look quite pleased with their meal.
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References in classic literature ?
62} The fact of Alcinous knowing anything about the Cyclopes suggests that in the writer's mind Scheria and the country of the Cyclopes were not very far from one another.
His extreme love of solitude in England suggests the idea that he was in fear of someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from America.
We may take it, therefore, that the letter was composed by an educated man who wished to pose as an uneducated one, and his effort to conceal his own writing suggests that that writing might be known, or come to be known, by you.
Before deciding that question I had grasped the significance of the silence of the dog, for one true inference invariably suggests others.
And then another suggests that with such a voice he ought to have been a sea-captain.
The word 'waiter' suggests a soft-voiced, deft-handed being, moving swiftly and without noise in an atmosphere of luxury and shaded lamps.
Where he has gone to, perhaps," suggests the surgeon to help him out.
There is no dirt, no decay, no rubbish anywhere--nothing that even hints at untidiness-- nothing that ever suggests neglect.
He was armed precisely as are they, which indicates that he has maintained relations of some nature with them, and the fact that he is but one against possibly thousands suggests that these relations could scarcely have been other than friendly.
There is another change to-day, which suggests to my mind that the mischief is done.
The theory of quanta suggests that the continuity is only apparent.
They can examine for themselves whether there has been anything in the public career of that country since, at home or abroad, which suggests that those influences and tendencies really did exist.
Perhaps YOU would be good enough to suggest a weapon?
I hadn't really decided to suggest it," said the doctor, with his slight nervousness.
And therefore," I went on, "with your leave, I will suggest that we hold no kind of communication in future.