From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcome/spring to mindcome/spring to mind[not in progressive]THINK something/HAVE A THOUGHT if something comes or springs to mind, you suddenly or immediately think of itI just used the first excuse which sprang to mind.A memory of last night came to mind, and he smiled.Fatherhood doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of James. ► Do not say that something ‘comes to your mind’ or ‘springs to your mind’. Say that it comes to mind or springs to mind. →mind
Examples from the Corpus
come/spring to mind• Three possible explanationscome to mind.• Multiplecalamities had come to mind.• Dell and Elonex immediately spring to mind.• As I thought about this, two questions kept coming to mind.• Faded was the word that sprang to mind - everything had a rather tired quality about it.• All of this comes to mind because of the movies.• He waited for something to come to mind.