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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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I know at the back of mind that at ten minutes to seven I will start to nod off, the alarm will ring and wake me up again, leaving me feeling groggy for the rest of the day.
Yeah, it's always in the back of mind, but I usually know the feeling when I'm in the danger zone.
'Very early on in my international career I tried to just focus on myself and put selection to the back of mind,' said Corry' If I knew I was doing everything I possibly could I should be able to be comfortable with myself.
Corry said: 'Very early on in my international career I tried to just focus on myself and put selection to the back of mind. If I knew I was doing everything I possibly could I should be able to be comfortable with myself.
'Normally I try not to look too far ahead, but on this occasion it has been in the back of mind for a couple of weeks; every player thinks it is massive.
I've discovered great boozers on the Wirral side of the river and promised myself I'd regularly return, now that I realised how near they were - only to put them to the back of mind again because, well, they're "over the water" aren't they?