back of (one's) mind

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back of (one's) mind

Referring to something that one thinks of, but with little or no conscious or active consideration or reflection. Despite my success at work, there's always this worry in the back of my mind that I'm doing something wrong. You don't need to do anything about it now—just keep it in the back of your mind going forward.
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back of one's mind

The remote part of one's mind or memory, as in With the idea of quitting in the back of his mind, he turned down the next assignment. [c. 1900]
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"Don't you fret a mite," he answered, with a crafty little notion at the back of his mind; "I'll see the lady passenger through somehow.
At the back of his mind was a feeling that a real quarrel, in which each said to the other cruel things, would in some way be a justification of his behaviour.
GARETH BALE says his sole focus is on upsetting Euro 2016 qualifying rivals Belgium as he puts the landmark of winning his 50th Wales cap to the back of his mind.
Hawkins is youthful for a marathon runner but the Commonwealth Games has been at the back of his mind since he flopped at last summer's Olympic trials for the 10,000m - and he has already hit the qualifying time for next summer.
London, Dec 21(ANI): Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that all thoughts of retirement are at the back of his mind after surpassing Sir Matt Busby as the club's longest-serving manager.
"Andrew Strauss being their captain, he'll definitely have that in the back of his mind.
Bond said: "Roman has trained really well all week and the manager had it in the back of his mind to introduce him at some stage.
MANCHESTER City's Sylvinho has revealed Mark Hughes' shock departure has already been pushed to the back of his mind.
ROGER FEDERER is keeping thoughts of making tennis history firmly in the back of his mind.
MOTOR RACING: Sebastien Loeb will put his disdain for the Rally of Japan to the back of his mind when he sets about tightening his iron grip on the world championship this weekend.
When Bohl ponders the fate of modernism and the final destiny of its ideals, he has at the back of his mind, say, certain carpets with Josef Albers--like squares produced by IKEA, the home-furnishings store from the land that remains the standard-bearer for the welfare state, a treasure trove of social-democratic interior decoration.
But the player admits he cannot commit himself at this stage and would rather put it to the back of his mind until the summer.
COLIN McRAE scored his first podium finish on the Dakar Rally yesterday to put his speeding penalty to the back of his mind.
The ironic thing is that the week before, in the Sunday Mercury, Robbie Savage pleaded to have the match rearranged because he obviously had some element of doubt in the back of his mind, but nobody took any notice.
And at the back of his mind he knows the slightest mistake could cost him dear.