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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References in classic literature ?
But that was what was in the back of my mind, and I have no doubt the Lord knew it."
And in the back of my mind was the sense of all the huge unknown and hidden forces Londonward.
I pushed this incident to the back of my mind until a few days ago when a friend recounted an incident that happened to a young woman in Nairobi recently.
"Leeds are at the back of my mind right now if I'm honest," he said.
"But I always felt because we had gone past deadline day (and) we hadn't a striker, so it was always in the back of my mind if we could bring Victor in.
"We're so concentrated on the game, on trying to get the victory and a good performance, that kind of goes right to the back of my mind.
"I have had it in the back of my mind that I would be a very good queen" - Elizabeth Hurley (pictured), who is to play Queen Helena in the TV series The Royals.
"It was in the back of my mind whether I should celebrate or not but I know what Hughesy's like and he would always have told me to keep jumping and keep doing what I do," he said.
"But the results that come for me, in the back of my mind I expected them because I've put so much time and effort in.
"It's in the back of my mind about whether it would go again.
At the back of my mind, I know I am battling in contention to make my Test debut in the Ashes, which is as big as it comes, but when I'm bowling I've got to put everything else to the back of my mind and get the basics right just as if I was playing for Warwickshire.
"But I just pushed it to the back of my mind and said 'she's going to have to win this'."
" I had it in the back of my mind that I was guilty of not rotating the strike and thereby putting undue pressure on Mithun Manhas in the last match.
If someone got me early in the game it was always in the back of my mind that I needed to get them back.
All thoughts of retirement are in the back of my mind," the Daily Mail quoted Ferguson, as saying.