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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No human being can keep permanently afraid: fear goes at last to the back of one's mind, accepted, and shelved, and done with.
As someone who gets nervous merely at the thought of cooking a simple meal for myself it's hard to imagine the intense pressure of maintaining world class dining standards with the threat of slipping a level always at the back of one's mind. It's true that stress brings out the best in us.
Given Delaney's attraction to the yellow/orange slice of the spectrum, it is hard not to have van Gogh's sunflowers somewhere in the back of one's mind as one absorbs his paintings' energy.
This is most apparent in a color palette that cannot be labeled artificial or natural, but instead suggests what might be found at the back of one's mind. Her work shares with other successful abstract painting a preoccupation with translating subjective, temporal experiences that defy quick interpretation.
Given the number of deaths on mountains, it always occupies a space in the back of one's mind. During the most difficult and dangerous times on mountains, I tend to think about survival and not death.
But there's always a slight doubt in the back of one's mind: after dedicating so many column inches to Tom Cruise and his Burj Khalifa antics: What if the film itself is not very good?
"It's hard to comprehend how one could concentrate whole-heartedly on beginning a career with monetary worries always in the back of one's mind.
"Often, it's a case of waiting for the right opportunity to realise an idea that's been at the back of one's mind for literally years.
It may be just a flash or a lingering thought in the back of one's mind, but stereotypes have an impression on us before the actual person does.
It may be in the back of one's mind or a premeditated plan just waiting for the right situation.
In the back of one's mind, there's that possibility that something could go wrong, but you never think it's going to happen to you.
One look at the state of the euro-obsessed Conservative party would suggest that putting the euro to the back of one's mind is a wise thing to do.
At the back of one's mind is the knowledge that if you were to discourage them, your next visit home will not be a pleasant one.