Come Into Someone's Head

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Meaning of Idiom 'Come Into Someone's Head'

To come into someone's head refers to an idea or a thought occurring to someone. 1


This idiom can be used in a similar way to the idiom enter one's head (or mind), however, the expression is often more neutral. A very common use of the idiom is in the form of the first thing that comes into your head. 1


"When I want to write something I just jot down the first thing that comes into my head."

"What's the first thing that comes into your head when you think of your childhood?" asked the therapist.

"He has no real plan, he just does things as they come into his head."

"As soon as it came into his head to compete in the race, he started training up to eight hours a day."

"How did that come into your head?" asked Tom.


Used since the 1700's.

1. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.

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